Rules and schemas in the development and use of the English past tense

  title={Rules and schemas in the development and use of the English past tense},
  author={Joan L. Bybee and Dan Slobin},
  pages={265 - 289}
Consistent error patterns in English past-tense forms are reported for three age groups: preschoolers, 8-10-year-olds, and adults. It is argued that, although irregular forms are rote-learned, speakers make generalizations about such forms. Such a generalization is defined as a SCHEMA which describes general phonological properties of a morphological class, and is used in organizing and accessing the lexicon. Schemas for the English past tense develop and change with age, yielding implications… 

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