Wugs

23 May

Our ability to process nonsensical content words, when given a proper morphosyntactic framework, would be further explored by Jean Berko Gleason in her 1958 article, “The Child’s Learning of English Morphology”. Gleason created the “Wug test” to investigate how children learn to deploy inflectional morphemes, such as the plural marker in There are two wugs. Since the publication of the article, Gleason’s cute little wugs have traveled far and wide . And as Mark Liberman once observed (quoting Wason and Reich), “No wug is too dax to be zonged.”

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