pivot grammar

pivot grammar

n
(Psychology) psychol a loose grammar said to govern two-word utterances by children
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Though many two-word utterances may take a form of this kind (Tomasello, 2003) and are potentially productive (Tomasello, Akhtar, Dodson & Rekau 1997), the pivot grammar framework fails to adequately capture a considerable amount of early production (Bloom, 1971).
The idea that grammar begins in piecemeal fashion, with some words enjoying growing flexibility of usage through incorporating other classes of words as arguments, did not die with pivot grammars.