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ERIC Number: EJ732843
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
The Birth of Words: Ten-Month-Olds Learn Words through Perceptual Salience
Pruden, Shannon M.; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick; Hennon, Elizabeth A.
Child Development, v77 n2 p266-280 Mar-Apr 2006
A core task in language acquisition is mapping words onto objects, actions, and events. Two studies investigated how children learn to map novel labels onto novel objects. Study 1 investigated whether 10-month-olds use both perceptual and social cues to learn a word. Study 2, a control study, tested whether infants paired the label with a particular spatial location rather than to an object. Results show that 10-month-olds can learn new labels and do so by relying on the perceptual salience of an object instead of social cues provided by a speaker. This is in direct contrast to the way in which older children (12-18 and 24-month-olds) learn and extend new object names.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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