Conceptual and linguistic biases in children's word learning.

@article{Diesendruck1998ConceptualAL,
  title={Conceptual and linguistic biases in children's word learning.},
  author={Gil Diesendruck and Susan A Gelman and Kirk Lebowitz},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  year={1998},
  volume={34 5},
  pages={
          823-39
        }
}
Four studies examined the influence of essentialist information and perceptual similarity on preschoolers' interpretations of labels. In Study 1, 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds were less likely to interpret 2 labels for animals as referring to mutually exclusive categories: when the animals were said to share internal, rather than superficial, properties and when the animals were perceptually similar rather than dissimilar. In Study 2, neither internal nor functional property information influenced 4… CONTINUE READING

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