How mothers teach basic-level and situation-restricted count nouns.

@article{Hall1994HowMT,
  title={How mothers teach basic-level and situation-restricted count nouns.},
  author={D. Geoffrey Hall},
  journal={Journal of child language},
  year={1994},
  volume={21 2},
  pages={391-414}
}
Recent research suggests that young children assume, as a default, that a word applied ostensively to an unfamiliar object (e.g. a man riding in a car) is a basic-level count noun (e.g. person) rather than a situation-restricted count noun (e.g. passenger). In this experiment, 14 mothers and their children (mean age 3.7; range 3.0 to 4.6) participated in a story-book reading session in which the mothers taught their children both a basic-level count noun and a situation-restricted count noun… CONTINUE READING

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