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Becoming a Word Learner: A Debate on Lexical Acquisition

Roberta Micknick Golinkoff and Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek

Abstract

Language acquisition is a contentious field of research occupied by cognitive and developmental psychologists, linguists, philosophers, and biologists. Perhaps the key component to understanding how language is mastered is explaining word acquisition. At twelve months, an infant learns new words slowly and laboriously; but at twenty months, he or she acquires an average of ten new words per day. How can we explain this phenomenal change? A theory of word acquisition deepens our understanding of the nature of language but also provides real insight into the workings of the developing mind. This ... More

Keywords: word acquisition, word acquisition theories, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780195130324
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130324.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roberta Micknick Golinkoff, editor
University of Delaware

Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, editor
Temple of University