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ERIC Number: EJ881384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 22
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Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Children's Preference for HAS and LOCATED Relations: A Word Learning Bias for Noun-Noun Compounds
Krott, Andrea; Gagne, Christina L.; Nicoladis, Elena
Journal of Child Language, v37 n2 p373-394 Mar 2010
The present study investigates children's bias when interpreting novel noun-noun compounds (e.g. "kig donka") that refer to combinations of novel objects (kig and donka). More specifically, it investigates children's understanding of modifier-head relations of the compounds and their preference for HAS or LOCATED relations (e.g. a donka that HAS a kig or a donka that is LOCATED near a kig) rather than a FOR relation (e.g. a donka that is used FOR kigs). In a forced-choice paradigm, two- and three-year-olds preferred interpretations with HAS/LOCATED relations, while five-year-olds and adults showed no preference for either interpretation. We discuss possible explanations for this preference and its relation to another word learning bias that is based on perceptual features of the referent objects, i.e. the shape bias. We argue that children initially focus on a perceptual stability rather than a pure conceptual stability when interpreting the meaning of nouns.
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Language: English
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