Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Agency, argument structure, and causal inference

Alice G. B. ter Meulena1

a1 Center for Language and Cognition, University of Gröningen, 9700 AS Gröningen, The Netherlands. a.g.b.ter.meulen@rug.nl

Abstract

Logically, weighting is transitive, but similarity is not, so clustering cannot be either. Entailments must help a child to review attribute lists more efficiently. Children's understanding of exceptions to generic claims precedes their ability to articulate explanations. So agency, as enabling constraint, may show coherent covariation with attributes, as mere extensional, observable effect of intensional entailments.

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