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Could both be right? Children's and adults' sensitivity to subjectivity in language
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Children did not respond in an adult-like manner until age 8 or 9, but their explanations for speakers’ conflicting assertions suggested some sensitivity to the kinds of knowledge relevant for evaluating different adjectives. Expand
Linguistic conventionality and the role of epistemic reasoning in children’s mutual exclusivity inferences
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It is suggested that children's own knowledge of an object's label, together with their belief that this is the conventional label for the object in their language, and that this convention applies to their interlocutor, is sufficient to support their mutual exclusivity inferences. Expand
Active Overhearing: Development in Preschoolers' Skill at 'Listening in' to Naturalistic Overheard Speech
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Older children with high test accuracy both looked toward the experimenter often, and reliably played with individual objects as she discussed them in her phone call, suggesting a skill that undergoes substantial development during the preschool years. Expand
Learning language from within: Children use semantic generalizations to infer word meanings
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It is shown that at least by age four, children spontaneously generalize instrument-activity flexibility to new words, pointing to a powerful way in which children may build their vocabulary, by leveraging the fact that words are linked to multiple meanings in systematic ways. Expand
Lexical Complexity of Child-Directed and Overheard Speech: Implications for Learning
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The present research explores the possibility that children do not initially tune into overheard speech because it is initially too complex for their stage of lexical development (i.e., contains too great a proportion of unfamiliar words). Expand
When Allah meets Ganesha: Developing supernatural concepts in a religiously diverse society
Abstract Belief in supernatural beings is widespread across cultures, but the properties of those beings vary from one culture to another. The supernatural beings that are part of Hinduism, forExpand
What causes the word gap? Financial concerns may systematically suppress child-directed speech
Author(s): Ellwood-Lowe, Monica E.; Foushee, Ruthe; Srinivasan, Mahesh | Abstract: Parents with fewer educational and economic resources (low socioeconomic-status, SES) tend to speak less to theirExpand
Self-directed learning by preschoolers in a naturalistic overhearing context
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It is demonstrated that by age 5, children can learn multiple new words and facts via overhearing, a capacity that develops throughout preschool. Expand
“Two-pound cookies” or “two pounds of cookies”: Children’s appreciation of quantity expressions
ABSTRACT Inspired by Syrett (2013), three experiments explored children’s ability to distinguish attributives (e.g., “three-pound strawberries,” where MPs as adjectives signal reference toExpand
Daxing with a Dax: Evidence of Productive Lexical Structures in Children
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Whether young children form generalizations about flexibility from early in life and use such generalizations to predict new word meanings in development is examined. Expand
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