ERIC Number: ED112645
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Word versus Sentence Interpretation: Do Adults Overextend the Meaning of "Different"? Princeton University Research Report No. 16.
Contrary to earlier assertions, young children do not interpret the word "different" to mean "same." Both two-and-a-half year old children and adults interpret requests for same or different objects appropriately, apparently following conventions of conversational discourse. These data offer no support for a discrete semantic feature model of acquiring word meanings. (Author)
Descriptors: Adults, Cognitive Processes, Language Acquisition, Language Research, Linguistic Theory, Preschool Children, Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Sentences
Author, Dept. of Psychology, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. 08540
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Public Health Service (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Princeton Univ., NJ. Dept. of Psychology.
Note: Draft version of a paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Denver, Colorado, April 1975)