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The Emergentist Coalition Model of Word Learning in Children Has Implications for Language in Aging

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

in Lifespan Cognition

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195169539
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847204 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195169539.003.0014
The Emergentist Coalition Model of Word Learning in Children Has Implications for Language in Aging

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This chapter explores how a combination of influences can lead to observable changes in language comprehension. It speculates about how such an integrated model could help us see atypical development as part of the continuum of typical development and how aging might affect the more normative processes of language learning. It uses one aspect of language development, word learning, as a test case. The chapter is organized in four sections. Firstly, it reviews theories that have been posited to account for word learning. It then describes a theoretical alternative that incorporates the best of the theories in an integrative framework and allows for testable hypotheses about word learning. This alternative is the emergentist coalition model (ECM). Thirdly, it examines the impact of an integrated theory for approaching questions in language development for both normal and atypical children. The ECM provides a richer picture of the factors necessary for language acquisition, and in particular lexical acquisition, to occur.

Keywords: language comprehension; world learning; children; aging; emergentist coalition model; language development; language acquisition; lexical acquisition

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Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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