Developmental changes in the understanding of generics.

  title={Developmental changes in the understanding of generics.},
  author={Susan A Gelman and Paul Bloom},
  volume={105 1},
Generic sentences (such as "Birds lay eggs") are important in that they refer to kinds (e.g., birds as a group) rather than individuals (e.g., the birds in the henhouse). The present set of studies examined aspects of how generic nouns are understood by English speakers. Adults and children (4- and 5-year-olds) were presented with scenarios about novel animals and questioned about their properties, using generic and non-generic questions. Three primary findings emerged. First, both children and… CONTINUE READING

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