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Lecture | LUCL Colloquium - Spring 2015

LUCL Colloquium: How We Learn What Not To Say

  • Adele Goldberg (Princeton University)
Date
Friday 27 February 2015
Time
Location
Lipsius
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room
028

Title

Explain Me Something: How We Learn What Not To Say

Abstract

Although many constraints are motivated by general semantic or syntactic facts, in certain cases, formulations are semantically sensible and syntactically well-formed, and yet noticeably dispreferred (e.g., ??She explained me something; ??the afraid boy). I will argue that competition in context--statistical preemption--plays a key role in learning what not to say in these cases. I will also suggest a domain-general mechanism that may underlie this process, and offer a speculative proposal as to why L2 learners may have more trouble avoiding these dispreferred utterances.

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