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ERIC Number: EJ850498
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Two-Year-Olds' Sensitivity to Speakers' Intent: An Alternative Account of Samuelson and Smith
Diesendruck, Gil; Markson, Lori; Akhtar, Nameera; Reudor, Ayelet
Developmental Science, v7 n1 p33-41 Feb 2004
Seventy-two 2-year-olds participated in a study designed to test two competing accounts of the effect of contextual change on children's ability to learn a word for an object. The mechanistic account hypothesizes that any change in context that highlights a target object will lead to word learning; the social-pragmatic account maintains that a change in context must be perceived as relevant to the speaker's communicative intentions. Consistent with the latter account, we found that children learned the word when a change in context was intentional but not when it was accidental, and children failed to learn the word for the highlighted object when a speaker naive to the preceding context named the object.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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