Early syntactic creativity: a usage-based approach.

  title={Early syntactic creativity: a usage-based approach.},
  author={Elena Lieven and Heike Behrens and Jennifer Speares and Michael Tomasello},
  journal={Journal of child language},
  volume={30 2},
The aim of the current study was to determine the degree to which a sample of one child's creative utterances related to utterances that the child previously produced. The utterances to be accounted for were all of the intelligible, multi-word utterances produced by the child in a single hour of interaction with her mother early in her third year of life (at age 2;1.11). We used a high-density database consisting of 5 hours of recordings per week together with a maternal diary for the previous… CONTINUE READING

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