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The Price of Linguistic ProductivityHow Children Learn to Break the Rules of Language$
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Charles. Yang

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035323

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035323.001.0001

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Signal and Noise

Signal and Noise

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The Price of Linguistic Productivity

Charles Yang

The MIT Press

A very detailed study of the acquisition of English inflectional morphology and derivational morphology (nominalization). How, and when, children learn the regular and irregular past tense rules of English. How children learn to stress English words correctly, from an initial state of mislearning. The fine-grained analysis of German noun plurals where a very small rule (‘add -s’) can be productive. The entire discussion is driven by the equation, using child-directed language data.

Keywords:   English past tense, Inflectional and derivational morphology, Metrical phonology, Corpus linguistics

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