ERIC Number: EJ885284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
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Fast Mapping Verb Meaning from Argument Structure
Johnson, Valerie E.
Topics in Language Disorders, v30 n2 p103-118 Apr-Jun 2010
Purpose: To examine lexical knowledge in children through a fast mapping task. Method: This study compared the performance of 60 African American English-speaking and general American English-speaking children between the ages of 4 and 6 years. They were presented with a comprehension task involving the fast mapping of novel verbs in 4 different argument structures (intransitive, transitive, transfer, and complement). The fast mapping task was developed to determine how children use syntactic cues to help fix the meaning of novel verbs. Results: The results indicated that both groups of children could fast map novel verbs at a relatively equivalent level. Conclusion: The promise of fast mapping as an alternative method of measuring word knowledge in culturally and linguistically diverse populations is discussed.
Descriptors: Cues, Speech Communication, Verbs, North American English, Black Dialects, Young Children, Cognitive Mapping, Sentence Structure, Comprehension, Comparative Analysis, Measures (Individuals)
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