Verbs are Hard to Acquire for Children; Embodiment Link?
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The processes underlying early verb acquisition seem to differ universally from other word classes, particularly nouns. The debate surrounding Gentner's Natural Partitions versus Linguistic Relativity in explaining early acquisition patterns are discussed cross-linguistically. Relevant experimental literature in verb acquisition is growing, but in uncovering the complex processes underlying verb acquisition remains much work. A study is proposed in which two groups of 8 children (target age of 3 years) undergo either a "seeing" or a "doing" condition during novel, intransitive-action word-learning. If children in the "doing" condition produce novel verbs at level or higher than the "seeing" condition, future novel verb acquisition tasks may have to take into account implications specific to the role of embodiment as it is developing in relation to the more abstract domains of language acquisition (e.g., verbs).