Why theories of word learning don't always work as theories of verb learning

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (6):1113-1114 (2001)
Bloom's theory of word learning has difficulty accounting for children's verb acquisition. There is no predominant preverbal event concept, akin to the preverbal object concept, to direct children's early event-verb mappings. Children may take advantage of grammatical and linguistic information in verb acquisition earlier than Bloom allows. A distinction between lexical and grammatical learning is difficult to maintain for verb acquisition.
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DOI 10.1017/S0140525X01320137
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