Action Meets Word

Action Meets Word : How children learn verbs

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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 children's vocabulary growth, theories of word learning focus primarily on object nouns. Word learning theories must explain not only the learning of object nouns, but also the learning of other, major classes of words - verbs and adjectives. Verbs form the hub of the sentence because they determine the sentence's argument structure. Researchers throughout the world recognize how our understanding of language acquisition can be at best partial if we cannot comprehend how verbs are learned. This volume enters the relatively uncharted waters of early verb learning, focusing on the universal, conceptual foundations for verb learning, and how these foundations intersect with the burgeoning language system.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 608 pages
  • 160 x 234 x 36mm | 979.77g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Numerous halftones, tables and line drawings
  • 0195170008
  • 9780195170009
  • 1,644,519

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...an impressive compilation of up-to-the-minutes ideas, research and theories from the leading thinkers in the field of verb acquisition research...an essential handbook for all researchers and post-graduate students...[and] those taking undergraduate or A-level courses. * Psychology Teaching Review *show more

About Kathryn A. Hirsh-Pasek

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek is Stanley and Deborah Lefkowitz Professor of Psychology and Director of the Infant Language Laboratory at Temple University. Roberta Michnick Golinkoff is H. Rodney Sharp Professor in the School of Education and Departments of Psychology and Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delawareshow more

Table of contents

PART I PREREQUISITES TO VERB LEARNING: FINDING THE VERB; PART II PREREQUISITES TO VERB LEARNING: FINDING ACTIONS IN EVENTS; PART III WHEN ACTION MEETS WORD: CHILDREN LEARN THEIR FIRST VERBS; PART VI HOW LANGUAGE INFLUENCES VERB LEARNING: CROSS-LINGUISTIC EVIDENCEshow more

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...an impressive compilation of up-to-the-minutes ideas, research and theories from the leading thinkers in the field of verb acquisition research...an essential handbook for all researchers and post-graduate students...[and] those taking undergraduate or A-level courses. Psychology Teaching Reviewshow more

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