ERIC Number: ED308960
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Operating Principles and Early Lexical Development.
Mervis, Carolyn B.
Two types of operating principles thought to play an important role in early lexical development are discussed. The principles are those concerned with: (1) assignment of reference or meaning to words; and (2) formation and evolution of categories. Discussion also addresses related issues, such as the developmentally important relationship between operating principles and environmental input, and the question of when principles become usable for the child. Concluding discussion stresses the importance of extensive observational research for investigations of the role of operating principles and environmental input in the process of early lexical development. The study of early lexical development cannot be limited to the study of operating principles or input alone. Progress is most likely to result from the study of the two together. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Kansas City, MO, April 27-30, 1989).