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This article is from PLoS ONE, volume 9.AbstractWhilst some locative verbs alternate between the ground- and figure-locative constructions e.g. Lisa sprayed the flowers with water-Lisa sprayed water onto the flowers, others are restricted to one construction or the other e.g. *Lisa filled water into the cup-*Lisa poured the cup with water. The present study investigated two proposals for how learners aged 5–6, 9–10 and adults acquire this restriction, using a novel-verb-learning grammaticality-judgment paradigm. In support of the semantic verb class hypothesis, participants in all age groups used the semantic properties of novel verbs to determine the locative constructions ground-figure-both in which they could and could not appear. In support of the frequency hypothesis, participants tolerance of overgeneralisation errors decreased with each increasing level of verb frequency novel-low-high. These results underline the need to develop an integrated account of the roles of semantics and frequency in the retreat from argument structure overgeneralisation.



Autor: Bidgood, Amy; Ambridge, Ben; Pine, Julian M.; Rowland, Caroline F.

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