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Becoming a Word Learner: A Debate on Lexical Acquisition

Becoming a Word Learner: A Debate on Lexical Acquisition

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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 will not only deepen our understanding of the nature of language but will provide real insight into the workings of the developing mind. In the latest entry in Oxford's Counterpoints series, Roberta Golinkoff and Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek will present competing word acquisition theories that have emerged in the past decade. Each theory will be presented by the pioneering researcher. Contributors will include Lois Bloom of Columbia University, Linda Smith of Indiana University, Amanda Woodward of the University if Chicago, Nameera Akhtar of the University of California, Santa Cruz and Michael Tomasello of the Max Planck Institute. The editors will provide introductory and summary chapters to help assess each theoretical model. Roberta Golinkoff has been the director of The Infant Language Project at the University of Delaware since 1974. For the past decade she has collaborated with Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek of Temple University to solve the question of language acquisition in children.

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ISBN-13: 9780195351477
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/02/2000
Series: Counterpoints: Cognition, Memory, and Language
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

Table of Contents

1. Word Learning: Icon, Index, or Symbol?, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
2. The Intentionality Model of Word Learning: How to Learn a Word, Any Word, Lois Bloom
3. Learning How to Learn Words: An Associative Crane, Linda B. Smith
4. Constraining the Problem Space in Early Word Learning, Amanda L. Woodward
5. The Social Nature of Words and Word Learning, Nameera Akhtar and Michael Tomasello
6. An Emergentist Coalition Model for Word Learning: Mapping Words to Objects Is a Product of the Interaction of Multiple Cues, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, and George Hollich
What Can We Take for Granted in Word Learning?, Lois Bloom
Avoiding Associations When It's Behaviorism You Really Hate, Linda B. Smith
There Is No Silver Bullet for Word Learning: Why Monolithic Accounts Miss the Mark, Amanda L. Woodward
Five Questions for Any Theory of Word Learning, Michael Tomasello and Nameera Akhtar
The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of the Parts, or Why the Emergentist Coalition Model Works, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

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