Meaning of overgeneralization


Pronunciation: (ō"vur-jen"ur-u-lu-zā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the act or process of overgeneralizing.
  2. the result of overgeneralizing.
  3. (in language acquisition) the process of extending the application of a rule to items that are excluded from it in the language norm, as when a child uses the regular past tense verb ending -ed of forms like I walked to produce forms like *I goed or *I rided.
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