Learning How to Learn Words

Linda B. Smith

in Becoming a Word Learner

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780195130324
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893898 | DOI:

Series: Counterpoints: Cognition, Memory, and Language

Learning How to Learn Words

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This chapter discusses Linda B. Smith's concern with how associative mechanisms drive word learning and, more importantly, how they allow the child to build up biases that engender additional word learning. It presents Smith and her colleagues' argument that children develop a “shape bias” when they encounter new count nouns and learn that object-based lexical categories are organised by shape. It explains that Smith highlights the role of a priori constraints on word learning.

Keywords: Linda B. Smith; associative mechanisms; word learning; shape bias; count nouns; a priori constraints

Chapter.  10695 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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