ERIC Number: EJ849990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 119
Taking Stock as Theories of Word Learning Take Shape
Booth, Amy E.; Waxman, Sandra R.
Developmental Science, v11 n2 p185-194 Mar 2008
In this paper we consider the perceptual and conceptual contributions that shape early word learning, using research on the "shape bias" as a case in point. In our view, conceptual, linguistic, social-pragmatic, and perceptual sources of information influence one another powerfully and continuously in the service of word learning throughout infancy and early childhood. We articulate several key points of convergence and divergence between our theoretical perspective and that of the attentional learning account. Finally, we consider the broader implications of this debate for clarifying the forces that constrain development.
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Concept Formation, Learning Theories, Bias, Cognitive Processes, Attention, Developmental Stages, Child Development, Perceptual Development, Influences, Vocabulary Development
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