Constraining the Problem Space in Early Word Learning

Amanda L. Woodward

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

Constraining the Problem Space in Early Word Learning

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This chapter discusses Amanda L. Woodward's summary of the bounty of research which claims that constraints play a role in word learning from the earliest stages. It adds that Woodward argues, for example, that there exists a bias to interpret words as labeling whole objects. It explains that on Woodward's view, word learning would be very difficult indeed if it were not biased in some way.

Keywords: Amanda L. Woodward; word learning; developmental stage; word interpretation; object labeling

Chapter.  15817 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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