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

Mutsumi Imai, Etsuko Haryu, Hiroyuki Okada, Li Lianjing, Jun Shigematsu

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Abstract

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 nounverb debate. It then explores universal and language-specific factors which affect the ease or difficulty of early noun and verb learning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAction Meets Word
Subtitle of host publicationHow Children Learn Verbs
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199893300
ISBN (Print)0195170008, 9780195170009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Apr 1

Keywords

  • Chinese language
  • Chinese-speaking children
  • Japanese language
  • Newly learned nouns
  • Novel noun
  • Verb learning
  • Verbs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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