Syntactic Bootstrapping and the Mental Lexicon


Recent findings and theorizing on child language acquisition suggest that the verb lexicon is built by an arm-over-arm procedure that necessarily constructs the clause-level grammar of the exposure language on the fly as it acquires individual items (Gleitman, 1990; Gillette, Gleitman, Gleitman, and Lederer, 1999). This active learning process is likely to… (More)

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