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ERIC Number: EJ784717
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Intentions Help Children Learn Meaningful Rules
Patael, Smadar; Diesendruck, Gil
Journal of Child Language, v35 n1 p221-234 Feb 2008
The present study investigated the roles of pattern detection capacities and understanding of intentions in children's learning of linguistic rules. We taught two-year-olds a Hebrew morphological distinction between noun and verb forms using two different training protocols. The protocols were identical in all parameters except that only in an Intentional, but not in a Control condition, were children introduced to the stimuli in an intentional communicative context. We found that children learned the morphological rule only in the Intentional condition. Thus, besides their pattern detection capacities, children's understanding of intentions substantially boosts their learning of meaningful rules.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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