If you find one rock and then you find another, you would have two rocks. If you find one shell and then you find another, you would have two shells. If you gave your beach companion one kiss and then gave them another, you'd have given them two kisses. In all of these cases, you're turning the singular noun into the plural, but you're doing it slightly differently each time. The question is: How do people know to do it differently? Did they just learn these words on their own, or did they learn the rules they follow? To answer this question, a linguist in the 1950s quizzed small children with a measure that's come to be known as the Wug Test.
This Is a Wug
Mighty Morphin' Morphemes
Written by Ashley Hamer October 6, 2019
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