Learning proper nouns and common nouns without clues from syntax.

@article{Imai2001LearningPN,
  title={Learning proper nouns and common nouns without clues from syntax.},
  author={Mutsumi Imai and Etsuko Haryu},
  journal={Child development},
  year={2001},
  volume={72 3},
  pages={787-802}
}
Syntax has been noted to play an important role in word learning in English; it distinguishes the fundamental conceptual difference between individuals (coded as proper nouns), nonindividuals (coded as mass nouns), and classes of individuals (coded as count nouns). The Japanese language does not have grammatical markers flagging the distinctions between count nouns and mass nouns, between proper nouns and common nouns, or between singulars and plurals. How Japanese 2- and 4-year-olds assign… CONTINUE READING