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ERIC Number: EJ1007145
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
Word Comprehension and Production Asymmetries in Children and Adults
Gershkoff-Stowe, Lisa; Hahn, Erin R.
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v114 n4 p489-509 Apr 2013
Two studies investigated differences in the comprehension and production of words in 2-year-old children and adults. Study 1 compared children's speaking and understanding of the names of 12 novel objects presented over three weekly sessions. Study 2 tested adults' performance under similar training and testing conditions over two sessions. The findings indicated a comprehension advantage for both age groups. A fine-grained temporal analysis of individual words revealed that acquisition does not resemble a linear stage-wise progression from comprehension to production. Rather, dimensions of lexical knowledge develop at different rates, with words acquired, lost, and maintained over the course of learning. The findings support a dynamic and graded view of lexical processing and have implications for understanding what it means to know a word. (Contains 7 figures and 3 tables.)
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Language: English
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