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Analogy in GrammarForm and Acquisition$
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James P. Blevins and Juliette Blevins

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547548

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547548.001.0001

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The relation between linguistic analogies and lexical categories *

The relation between linguistic analogies and lexical categories *

5 The relation between linguistic analogies and lexical categories*
Analogy in Grammar

LouAnn Gerken

Rachel Wilson

Rebecca Gómez

Erika Nurmsoo

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines evidence that adults and infants can learn proto-categories through morphological paradigms in which a subset of the categories are double-marked. It is possible that the requirement for double-marking of categories provides evidence for analogy as a category learning mechanism. Experimental results allow for a refinement of factors contributing to ‘good analogies’. These refinements, in turn, may lead to advances in the understanding of syntactic category acquisition.

Keywords:   analogy, morpho-syntax, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, syntactic category acquisition

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