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Learning and the Infant Mind$
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Amanda Woodward and Amy Needham

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195301151

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301151.001.0001

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Early Word Learning and Other Seemingly Symbolic Behaviors

Early Word Learning and Other Seemingly Symbolic Behaviors

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(p.249) 10 Early Word Learning and Other Seemingly Symbolic Behaviors
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Learning and the Infant Mind
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Laura L. Namy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301151.003.0010

This chapter explores children's grasp of object names. It begins by reviewing the basic word-learning paradigm used to study children's symbol-mapping abilities. It then discusses the effect of manipulating symbol type and context within this prototypical paradigm and how those manipulations influence children's success at symbol mapping at various points in development. It argues that young children's seemingly symbolic behaviors likely precede symbolic insight.

Keywords:   children, object names, word learning, symbol mapping, child development

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