Flexibility in early verb use: evidence from a multiple-N diary study.

  title={Flexibility in early verb use: evidence from a multiple-N diary study.},
  author={Letitia R. Naigles and Erika Hoff and Donna Vear},
  journal={Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development},
  volume={74 2},
Flexibility and productivity are hallmarks of human language use. Competent speakers have the capacity to use the words they know to serve a variety of communicative functions, to refer to new and varied exemplars of the categories to which words refer, and in new and varied combinations with other words. When and how children achieve this flexibility and when they are truly productive language users--are central issues among accounts of language acquisition. The current study tests competing… CONTINUE READING
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