Counterpoint Commentary

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Lois Bloom, Linda B. Smith, Amanda L. Woodward, Nameera Akhtar, Micheal Tomasello and George Hollich

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

Counterpoint Commentary

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This chapter contains the authors' reactions to the previous chapters and stresses the similarities and differences between these theoretical views. It discusses that part of the debate concerns whether the first words are more like the indexical signs of most nonhumans or like the symbols of the human 4-year-old. It argues that although there are marked contrasts between the views, the work of all the authors focuses on a central issue: an understanding of how infants break the language barrier by learning words.

Keywords: first words; indexical signs; symbols; language barrier; word learning

Chapter.  15893 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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