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Acquisition of Nouns and Verbs, L1
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Word learning requires establishing a mapping between words and concepts, and utilizes a variety of cues from both the language and the surrounding environment. Early work on this topic suggested that despite the variety of languages, environments, and ways in which adults interact with young children, nouns appeared to be the easiest type of word to learn and are the most predominant in children’s early vocabularies. However, research on early language learning in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Korea…

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Twila TARDIF, “Acquisition of Nouns and Verbs, L1”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_000100>
First published online: 2015

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