Negative Verbs in Children’s Speech
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What principles do young children rely on when they coin new words? What kinds of meanings do they try to express, and what word-forms do they construct to convey those meanings? In the present paper, I will look at one domain of innovative meanings and examine the effect on children’s innovations of the productivity of the pertinent adult devices in English, French, and German.
KeywordsNegative Verb Productive Device German Child Reversal Verb Lexical Innovation
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