Judging a book by its cover and its contents: the representation of polysemous and homophonous meanings in four-year-old children.

@article{Srinivasan2011JudgingAB,
  title={Judging a book by its cover and its contents: the representation of polysemous and homophonous meanings in four-year-old children.},
  author={Mahesh Srinivasan and Jesse Snedeker},
  journal={Cognitive psychology},
  year={2011},
  volume={62 4},
  pages={245-72}
}
Unlike homophonous meanings, which are semantically unrelated (e.g., the use of bat to refer to a baseball bat and a flying rodent), polysemous meanings are systematically related to one another (e.g., the use of book, CD, and video to refer to physical objects, as in 'the leather book', or to the intellectual content they contain, as in 'the profound book'). But do perceived relations among polysemous meanings reflect the presence of generative lexical or conceptual structures that permit the… CONTINUE READING
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