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Introduction: Progress on the Verb Learning Front

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

in Action Meets Word: How children learn verbs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195170009
eISBN:
9780199893300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170009.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology / School Psychology

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the meaning of a verb, and whether verbs are really harder to learn than nouns. It then considers how to gauge progress in the area of verb ... More


Revisiting the Noun-Verb Debate: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison of Novel Noun and Verb Learning in English-, Japanese-, and Chinese-Speaking Children

Mutsumi Imai, Etsuko Haryu, Hiroyuki Okada, Li Lianjing, and Jun Shigematsu

in Action Meets Word: How children learn verbs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195170009
eISBN:
9780199893300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170009.003.0018
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology / School Psychology

This chapter presents results from a series of cross-linguistic studies which examined how English-, Japanese-, and Chinese-speaking children generalize newly learned nouns and verbs. Based on the ... More


Influences of Object Knowledge on the Acquisition of Verbs in English and Japanese

Alan W. Kersten, Linda B. Smith, and Hanako Yoshida

in Action Meets Word: How children learn verbs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195170009
eISBN:
9780199893300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170009.003.0020
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology / School Psychology

This chapter reviews the evidence for an influence of object knowledge on verb learning. It discusses whether object knowledge influences the learning of all verbs, or only certain types of verbs. In ... More


Talk About Motion: The Semantic Representation of Verbs by Motion Dynamics

Erin N. Cannon and Paul R. Cohen

in The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199553242
eISBN:
9780191720444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553242.003.0011
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

In this chapter we propose that word choice, particularly the utterance of a verb, is conditioned on situations containing representations of abstracted movement patterns from the environment. We ... More


Action Meets Word: How children learn verbs

Kathryn A. Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta M. Golinkoff

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195170009
eISBN:
9780199893300
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170009.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology / School Psychology

Words are the building blocks of language. An understanding of how words are learned is thus central to any theory of language acquisition. Although there has been a surge in our understanding of ... More


Conceptual Foundations for Verb Learning: Celebrating the Event

Rachel Pulverman, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta M. Golinkoff, Shannon Pruden, and Sara J. Salkind

in Action Meets Word: How children learn verbs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195170009
eISBN:
9780199893300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170009.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology / School Psychology

This chapter evaluates whether difficulty in analyzing and conceptualizing nonlinguistic events contributes to the documented difficulty in verb learning. It shows that not only can infants ... More


Verbs at the Very Beginning: Parallels Between Comprehension and Input

Letitia R. Naigles and Erika Hoff

in Action Meets Word: How children learn verbs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195170009
eISBN:
9780199893300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170009.003.0014
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology / School Psychology

This chapter addresses two questions concerning the ability to extend verb meanings past their attested instances. First, when in the course of verb learning do verb meanings become extendable? It ... More


Verb Learning as a Probe Into Children's Grammars

Jeffrey Lidz

in Action Meets Word: How children learn verbs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195170009
eISBN:
9780199893300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170009.003.0017
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology / School Psychology

One of the fundamental hypotheses of generative grammar is that the linguistic constraints which limit the hypotheses that learners consider in acquiring a language are exactly those constraints ... More


But Are They Really Verbs? Chinese Words for Action

Twila Tardif

in Action Meets Word: How children learn verbs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195170009
eISBN:
9780199893300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170009.003.0019
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology / School Psychology

This chapter focuses on what properties Chinese verbs may have to facilitate the process of verb learning in Chinese, much as properties of nouns may afford the learning of nouns. In Chinese, but not ... More


Discovering Verbs Through Multiple-Cue Integration

Morten H. Christiansen and Padraic Monaghan

in Action Meets Word: How children learn verbs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195170009
eISBN:
9780199893300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170009.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology / School Psychology

This chapter discusses how children may accomplish the difficult task of verb learning, focusing on the integration of multiple language-internal cues to verb forms. It first reviews previous work on ... More


The Roots of Verbs in Prelinguistic Action Knowledge

Jennifer Sootsman Buresh, Amanda Woodward, and Camille W. Brune

in Action Meets Word: How children learn verbs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195170009
eISBN:
9780199893300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170009.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology / School Psychology

This chapter considers infants' prelinguistic action knowledge and how this knowledge might be recruited for verb learning. There are at least two ways in which action knowledge could contribute to ... More


Actions Organize the Infant’s World

Jean M. Mandler

in Action Meets Word: How children learn verbs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195170009
eISBN:
9780199893300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170009.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology / School Psychology

This chapter begins by discussing how infants begin to interpret events and how they represent different kinds of actions. These interpretations tend to be global in nature, with details only ... More


The Role of Language and Culture in Universality and Diversity of Human Concepts

Mutsumi Imai and Takahiko Masuda

in Advances in Culture and Psychology: Volume 3

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199930449
eISBN:
9780199332984
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199930449.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

The influence of language and culture has been investigated across different research disciplines such as anthropology, cognitive psychology, and cultural psychology, but such research all tends to ... More


Precursors to Verb Learning: Infants' Understanding of Motion Events

Marianella Casasola, Jui Bhagwat, and Kim T. Ferguson

in Action Meets Word: How children learn verbs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195170009
eISBN:
9780199893300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170009.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology / School Psychology

This chapter shows how particular relational meanings are formed independently of language, whereas others require linguistic input to develop. It argues that the contribution of nonlinguistic versus ... More


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