Implementations are not conceptualizations: Revising the verb learning model

@article{MacWhinney1991ImplementationsAN,
  title={Implementations are not conceptualizations: Revising the verb learning model},
  author={Brian MacWhinney and Jared Leinbach},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={1991},
  volume={40},
  pages={121-157}
}

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