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ERIC Number: ED177467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Overextensions in Production and Comprehension: A Methodological Clarification.
Fremgen, Amy; Fay, David
Sixteen children (aged 14 to 26 months), who were reported by their parents to overextend, were tested for overextension in both language production and comprehension. The children were first asked to name each of a series of pictures of inappropriate exemplars of the words they were reported to overextend. Those words that were overextended, a total of 27, were then tested in comprehension. For each word, the child was shown four pictures--an appropriate, an inappropriate, and two irrelevant exemplars--and asked to point to the referent. The results were clear cut: not once in the 27 comprehension trials did a child make an error. The findings suggest that overextensions do not result from partial knowledge of the meaning of a word, but rather that they are due to a child's stretching of his or her vocabulary to its limits in an attempt to communicate. In addition, they indicate that children's knowledge of language is much more precise than would be suggested by their utterances. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Research prepared at The University of Illinois at Chicago Circle