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Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis kitose duomenų bazėse / Article in other databases (S4)
Field of Science: Filologija / Philology (H004)
Author(s): Bruening, Paul R;Brooks, Patricia J;Alfieri, Louis;Kempe, Vera;Dabašinskienė, Ineta
Title: Children’s tolerance of word-form variation
Is part of: Child development research. New York, NY : Hindawi publishing corporation, 2012, vol. 2012
Extent: p. 1-12
Date: 2012
Keywords: Vaikų kalba;Žodžių mokymosi strategija;Kalbos mokymasis;Child speech;Identifying familiar words;Word-learning strategies
Abstract: How much morphological variation can children tolerate when identifying familiar words? This is an important question in the context of the acquisition of richly inflected languages where identical word forms occur far less frequently than in English. To address this question, we compared children’s (N = 96, mean age 4;1, range 2;11–5;1) and adults’ (N = 96, mean age 21 years) tolerance of word-onset modifications (e.g., for stug: wug and wastug) and pseudoaffixes (e.g., kostug and stugko) in a labelextension task. Word-form modifications were repeated within each experiment to establish productive inflectional patterns. In two experiments, children and adults exhibited similar strategies: they were more tolerant of prefixes (wastug) than substitutions of initial consonants (wug), and more tolerant of suffixes (stugko) than prefixes (kostug). The findings point to word-learning strategies as being flexible and adaptive to morphological patterns in languages
Affiliation(s): Lituanistikos katedra
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:1. Straipsniai / Articles
Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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