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dc.contributor.authorKazanina, N
dc.contributor.authorBaker, Sara
dc.contributor.authorSeddon, H
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-16T00:30:56Z
dc.date.available2019-01-16T00:30:56Z
dc.date.issued2020-09
dc.identifier.issn0024-3949
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/288031
dc.description.abstract<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>The study investigates semantic development of sublexically modal verbs of transfer,<jats:italic>throw</jats:italic>and<jats:italic>send</jats:italic>, in English-speaking children. For adults, sublexical modality of these verbs can be seen in the fact that the subevent of transfer of the object to the recipient need not take place in the actual world, e.g.<jats:italic>Mary sent/threw a book to John</jats:italic>does not entail a successful transfer of the book to John. Yet in two experiments (Experiment 1: 3–4 year-olds,<jats:italic>N</jats:italic> = 59; Experiment 2: 3–6 year olds,<jats:italic>N</jats:italic> = 120) young English-speaking children often misinterpreted<jats:italic>Mary sent a book to John</jats:italic>as entailing successful transfer. We show that such non-adultlike interpretations were present despite the children’s conceptual ability to entertain possible worlds. We propose that children may initially construct verb meanings on the basis of actual events, and later adjust them to include a modal component.</jats:p>
dc.description.sponsorshipRoyal Society
dc.publisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH
dc.titleActuality bias in verb learning: The case of sublexically modal transfer verbs
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage1446
prism.issueIdentifier5
prism.publicationDate2020
prism.publicationNameLinguistics
prism.startingPage1413
prism.volume58
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.35350
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-10-01
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1515/ling-2020-0183
rioxxterms.versionAM
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserved
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2020-09-01
dc.contributor.orcidBaker, Sara [0000-0002-8239-2882]
dc.identifier.eissn1613-396X
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
cam.orpheus.counter64
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2022-01-15


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