Learning words through overhearing.

  title={Learning words through overhearing.},
  author={Nameera Akhtar and Jennifer L. Jipson and Maureen A. Callanan},
  journal={Child development},
  volume={72 2},
Recent research indicates that toddlers can monitor others' conversations, raising the possibility that they can acquire vocabulary in this way. Three studies examined 2-year-olds' (N = 88) ability to learn novel words when overhearing these words used by others. Children aged 2,6 were equally good at learning novel words-both object labels and action verbs-when they were overhearers as when they were directly addressed. For younger 2-year-olds (2,1), this was true for object labels, but the… CONTINUE READING

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