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ERIC Number: EJ810339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Infants' Use of Lexical-Category-to-Meaning Links in Object Individuation
Hall, D. Geoffrey; Corrigall, Kathleen; Rhemtulla, Mijke; Donegan, Eleanor; Xu, Fei
Child Development, v79 n5 p1432-1443 Sep-Oct 2008
Infants watched an experimenter retrieve a stuffed animal from an opaque box and then return it. This happened twice, consistent with either 1 animal appearing on 2 occasions or 2 identical-looking animals each appearing once. The experimenter labeled each object appearance with a different novel label. After infants retrieved 1 object from the box, their subsequent search behavior was recorded. Twenty-month-olds, but not 16-month-olds, searched significantly longer for a second object inside the box when the labels were both proper names than when they were 1 count noun followed by 1 proper name. The effect was not significant when proper names were replaced by adjectives. Twenty-month-olds' understanding of meaning distinctions among several word categories guided their object individuation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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