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Daxing with a Dax: Evidence of Productive Lexical Structures in Children

  title={Daxing with a Dax: Evidence of Productive Lexical Structures in Children},
  author={Sara Al-Mughairy and Ruthe Foushee and David Barner and M. Srinivasan},
  journal={Cognitive Science},
In English, many words can be used flexibly to label artifacts, as nouns, or functional uses of those artifacts, as verbs: We can shovel snow with a shovel and comb our hair with a comb. Here, we examine whether young children form generalizations about flexibility from early in life and use such generalizations to predict new word meanings. When children learn a new word for an artifact, do they also expect it to label its functional use, and vice versa? In Experiment 1, we show that when… Expand


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