How toddlers begin to learn verbs.

  title={How toddlers begin to learn verbs.},
  author={Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek},
  journal={Trends in cognitive sciences},
  volume={12 10},
Any theory of language must account for how children learn verbs, the gateway to grammar. Yet verbs can be difficult to learn. Building on Gentner's 'natural partitions hypothesis' we suggest that, to learn a verb, infants must conceptualize components of events and map verbs in the ambient language onto those components. Although toddlers detect and categorize at least some of the conceptual underpinnings of verb categories, the mapping of verbs onto these representations is not transparent… CONTINUE READING

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