Learning the structure of causative verbs: A study in the relationship of cognitive, semantic, and syntactic development

  • Bowerman M
  • 15


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • N/A


    Citations of this article.


Bowerman presents evidence from the natural speech of her daughter, Christy, at ages 2-4, that causative verbs are unanalyzed when they first appear (19 months old) and later gain internal structure(cause a state or change-of-state), as indicated by the appearance of periphrastic causatives and of errors such as 'I'm just gonna fall this on her' (24 months old). Bowerman also argues for a distinction between the child's cognitive knowledge and linguistic knowledge, in disagreement with Antinucci & Parisi (1973)

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document

There are no full text links


  • Melissa Bowerman

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free