Lexicon structure and the disambiguation of novel words: Evidence from bilingual infants

@article{ByersHeinlein2013LexiconSA,
  title={Lexicon structure and the disambiguation of novel words: Evidence from bilingual infants},
  author={Krista Byers-Heinlein and Janet F. Werker},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2013},
  volume={128},
  pages={407-416}
}
In ambiguous word learning situations, infants can use systematic strategies to determine the referent of a novel word. One such heuristic is disambiguation. By age 16-18months, monolinguals infer that a novel noun refers to a novel object rather than a familiar one (Halberda, 2003), while at the same age bilinguals and trilinguals do not reliably show disambiguation (Byers-Heinlein & Werker, 2009; Houston-Price, Caloghiris, & Raviglione, 2010). It has been hypothesized that these results… CONTINUE READING

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