Language learning is a remarkably robust process. The child is incredibly good at recognizing systematic regularities even when faced with lexically and contextually restricted exceptions This paper sketches out a preliminary model that recognizes productive processes and exceptions as such; accordingly, the learner can proceed to internalize each as different kinds of linguistic knowledge. We argue that if a linguistic process is conjectured to be productive, then having exceptions to it can add (surprisingly) significant cost to its online processing. Empirically, we explore these issues in the domain of morphology, which leads to finer-grained analyses of a number of well-known morphological problems. We also briefly discuss how the methodology and results of this work may generalize to syntactic learning.
2017. Structure, use, and syntactic ecology in language obsolescence. Canadian Journal of Linguistics/Revue canadienne de linguistique 62:4 ► pp. 614 ff.
2023. Three ways of looking at morphological rivalry. Word Structure 16:1 ► pp. 49 ff.
Asimah, Vincent Kweku, Ratih Hurriyati, Vanessa Gaffar & Lili Adi Wibowo
2024. Can Productivity Increase? Sedentary Leisure Factors Among University Staff in Ghana. In Proceedings of the 7th Global Conference on Business, Management, and Entrepreneurship (GCBME 2022) [Advances in Economics, Business and Management Research, 255], ► pp. 1916 ff.
Atlamaz, Ümit, Ömer Demirok & Metin Bağrıaçık
2023. Heritage grammars as checkpoints in acquisition: A Dependent Case Theoretic account. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 8:1
2021. Insertion and deletion in Northern English (ng): Interacting innovations in the life cycle of phonological processes. Journal of Linguistics 57:3 ► pp. 465 ff.
Boeckx, Cedric & Evelina Leivada
2014. On the particulars of Universal Grammar: implications for acquisition. Language Sciences 46 ► pp. 189 ff.
Cabrelli, Jennifer & Michael Iverson
2023. Why do learners overcome non-facilitative transfer faster from an L2 than an L1? The cumulative input threshold hypothesis. International Journal of Multilingualism► pp. 1 ff.
Colaiori, Francesca, Claudio Castellano, Christine F. Cuskley, Vittorio Loreto, Martina Pugliese & Francesca Tria
2015. General three-state model with biased population replacement: Analytical solution and application to language dynamics. Physical Review E 91:1
Culbertson, Jennifer & Kathryn Schuler
2019. Artificial Language Learning in Children. Annual Review of Linguistics 5:1 ► pp. 353 ff.
Do, Youngah, Chiyuki Ito & Michael Kenstowicz
2014. Accent classes in South Kyengsang Korean: Lexical drift, novel words and loanwords. Lingua 148 ► pp. 147 ff.
2019. Case Ellipsis: Acquisition of Variability by Young Heritage Speakers of Korean. International Multilingual Research Journal 13:1 ► pp. 15 ff.
Pearl, Lisa & Jon Sprouse
2021. The acquisition of linking theories: A Tolerance and Sufficiency Principle approach to deriving UTAH and rUTAH. Language Acquisition 28:3 ► pp. 294 ff.
Yang, Charles & Silvina Montrul
2017. Learning datives: The Tolerance Principle in monolingual and bilingual acquisition. Second Language Research 33:1 ► pp. 119 ff.
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