Why Do Kids Say Goed and Brang?

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Science  07 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5450, pp. 47-48
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5450.47

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Words and Rules The Ingredients of Language. Steven Pinker. Basic Books, New York, 1999. 362 pp. $26, C$39.50. ISBN 0-465-07269-0.

Pinker presents a popular exposition of his research into how children learn language. Although his account, focused on English past-tense verb forms, is engaging and informative, our reviewers argue that it does not grant neural network models the importance they warrant.