Rose Schneider

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A child's first word is an important step towards language. Ag-gregated across children, the distribution of these first productive uses of language can act as a window into early cogni-tive and linguistic development. We investigate both the variability and predictability in children's first words across four new datasets. We find, first, that children's(More)
Scalar implicatures—inferences from a weak description (" I ate some of the cookies ") that a stronger alternative is true (" I didn't eat all ")—are paradigm cases of pragmatic inference. Children's trouble with scalar implicatures is thus an important puzzle for theories of pragmatic development, given their communicative competence in other domains.(More)
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