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Nick and Chia-Hsuan in BUCLD Proceedings

Learning attitude verb meanings in a morphologically-poor language, by Nick Huang, Chia-Hsuan Liao, Valentine Hacquard and Jeffrey Lidz, is now out in the Proceedings of the Boston University Conference on Language Development. The paper asks whether in Mandarin Chinese, despite its morphological poverty and regular silencing of arguments, patterns of usage might neverthelss differentiate the distributions of propositional attitude verbs that express judgments of truth, such as think, versus those that express preferences, such as want, so that a child acquiring the language might use this distinction to infer the semantic class of an unknown verb.