Longitudinal analysis of early semantic networks: preferential attachment or preferential acquisition?

@article{Hills2009LongitudinalAO,
  title={Longitudinal analysis of early semantic networks: preferential attachment or preferential acquisition?},
  author={Thomas T. Hills and Mounir Maouene and Josita Maouene and Adam Sheya and Linda B. Smith},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2009},
  volume={20 6},
  pages={
          729-39
        }
}
Analyses of adult semantic networks suggest a learning mechanism involving preferential attachment: A word is more likely to enter the lexicon the more connected the known words to which it is related. We introduce and test two alternative growth principles: preferential acquisition-words enter the lexicon not because they are related to well-connected words, but because they connect well to other words in the learning environment-and the lure of the associates-new words are favored in… CONTINUE READING
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