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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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The Roots of Verbs in Prelinguistic Action Knowledge

The Roots of Verbs in Prelinguistic Action Knowledge

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(p.208) 8 The Roots of Verbs in Prelinguistic Action Knowledge
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Action Meets Word
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Jennifer Sootsman Buresh

Amanda Woodward

Camille W. Brune

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170009.003.0009

This chapter considers infants' prelinguistic action knowledge and how this knowledge might be recruited for verb learning. There are at least two ways in which action knowledge could contribute to verb learning. First, understanding the actions of others is critical for discerning their communicative intentions, and thus provides a foundation for all aspects of language learning not just verb learning. Second, infants' action knowledge must provide some of the initial elements of meaning which come to be conveyed in verbs. The chapter focuses on the second of these issues, since it is unique to verb learning.

Keywords:   infants, prelinguisticaction knowledge, verb learning, language acquisition, language learning

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