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

  • Bowerman M
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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)

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  • Melissa Bowerman

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