How could a child use verb syntax to learn verb semantics ? *

  title={How could a child use verb syntax to learn verb semantics ? *},
  author={Steven Pinker},
I examine Gleitman’s (1990) arguments that children rely on a verb’s syntactic subcategorization frames to learn its meaning (e.g., they learn that see means ‘perceive visually’ because it can appear with a direct object, a clausal complement, or a directional phrase). First, Gleitman argues that the verbs cannot be learned by observing the situations in which they are used, because many verbs refer to overlapping situations, and because parents do not invariably use a verb when its perceptual… CONTINUE READING

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