Finite Verbs

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  • Studies of early language development have focused largely on the acquisition of concrete nouns. However, in the past 30 years, researchers have turned their attention to other word types, including verbs. Most research has focused on investigations of how children learn finite verbs, which serve as the main verb of the sentence. In general, studies of children's early vocabularies have shown that children begin producing verbs from the earliest stages of production but that, across languages, they also often exhibit a noun bias, particularly before 2 years. Thus, a key developmental period for verb learning begins at around 24 months and continues until the ages of 3½ or 4 and perhaps later. Most developmental researchers have thus focused on investigating verb learning beginning at ...

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