How words can and cannot be learned by observation.

@article{Medina2011HowWC,
  title={How words can and cannot be learned by observation.},
  author={Tamara Nicol Medina and Jesse Snedeker and John C. Trueswell and Lila R. Gleitman},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2011},
  volume={108 22},
  pages={9014-9}
}
Three experiments explored how words are learned from hearing them across contexts. Adults watched 40-s videotaped vignettes of parents uttering target words (in sentences) to their infants. Videos were muted except for a beep or nonsense word inserted where each "mystery word" was uttered. Participants were to identify the word. Exp. 1 demonstrated that… CONTINUE READING
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