David Ogden presents at the Georgetown Roundtable on Languages and Linguistics

Mar 24, 2014 Bookmark and Share

Dave Ogden at Georgetown University

David Ogden presented his paper  "Assessing Uptake of Verb-Argument Constructions in a Corpus of Child and Child-Directed Speech" to a packed audience at the Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics: Usage-based Approaches to Language, Language Learning, and Multilingualism.

A large-scale analysis of child and child-directed speech from the CHILDES database shows that the distribution of forms in verb-argument constructions matches that expected for robust learnability: a Zipfian distribution of verbs within tokens of the construction not predicted by the distribution of verbs in the corpus as a whole.