The relation between linguistic analogies and lexical categories

Lou Ann Gerken, Rachel Wilson, Rebecca Gómez, Erika Nurmsoo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

7 Scopus citations


This chapter examines evidence that adults and infants can learn protocategories through morphological paradigms in which a subset of the categories are double-marked. It is possible that the requirement for double-marking of categories provides evidence for analogy as a category learning mechanism. Experimental results allow for a refinement of factors contributing to 'good analogies'. These refinements, in turn, may lead to advances in the understanding of syntactic category acquisition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnalogy in Grammar
Subtitle of host publicationForm and Acquisition
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191720628
ISBN (Print)9780199547548
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009


  • Analogy
  • Language acquisition
  • Morpho-syntax
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Syntactic category acquisition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


Dive into the research topics of 'The relation between linguistic analogies and lexical categories'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this