Joint Attention and Vocabulary Development: A Critical Look

@article{Akhtar2007JointAA,
  title={Joint Attention and Vocabulary Development: A Critical Look},
  author={Nameera Akhtar and Morton Ann Gernsbacher},
  journal={Language and linguistics compass},
  year={2007},
  volume={1 3},
  pages={195-207}
}
Joint attention - parents' and children's coordinated attention to each other and to a third object or event - is believed to play a causal and critical role in early word learning. However, joint attention, as conventionally defined and measured, relies only on overt indicators of attention, is studied predominantly in the visual modality, and varies by culture. Moreover, word learning can occur without joint attention in typical development, in autistic development, and in Williams syndrome… CONTINUE READING

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