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  • It seems to be just a sporadic variant. Google shows 'unlearn' much more common with verb forms such as 'runned', 'eated' (where a child learns an irregular past first, then learns the rule and temporarily unlearns the correct form).

    February 11, 2009

  • Is 'delearning' different from 'unlearning'?

    February 11, 2009

  • Vainikka assumes that nonfinite verbs assign genitive case to their subjects: but this raises the (unanswered) question of how children come to acquire this type of case marking (since e.g. infinitives don't allow genitive subjects in adult English), and how they later come to delearn it.

    —Andrew Radford, Genitive Subjects in Child English, 1999

    February 11, 2009