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Kathryn A. Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta M. Golinkoff

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195170009

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170009.001.0001

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Revisiting the Noun-Verb Debate: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison of Novel Noun and Verb Learning in English-, Japanese-, and Chinese-Speaking Children

Revisiting the Noun-Verb Debate: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison of Novel Noun and Verb Learning in English-, Japanese-, and Chinese-Speaking Children

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(p.450) 17 Revisiting the Noun-Verb Debate: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison of Novel Noun and Verb Learning in English-, Japanese-, and Chinese-Speaking Children
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Action Meets Word
Author(s):

Mutsumi Imai

Etsuko Haryu

Hiroyuki Okada

Li Lianjing

Jun Shigematsu

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170009.003.0018

This chapter presents results from a series of cross-linguistic studies which examined how English-, Japanese-, and Chinese-speaking children generalize newly learned nouns and verbs. Based on the results, it evaluates the two competing positions in the noun-verb debate. It then explores universal and language-specific factors which affect the ease or difficulty of early noun and verb learning.

Keywords:   novel noun, verb learning, Chinese-speaking children, newly learned nouns, verbs, Japanese language, Chinese language

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