The Associative Structure of Language: Contextual Diversity in Early Word Learning.

@article{Hills2010TheAS,
  title={The Associative Structure of Language: Contextual Diversity in Early Word Learning.},
  author={Thomas T. Hills and Josita Maouene and Brian Riordan and Linda B. Smith},
  journal={Journal of memory and language},
  year={2010},
  volume={63 3},
  pages={259-273}
}
Previous studies demonstrated that statistical properties of adult generated free associates predict the order of early noun learning. We investigate an explanation for this phenomenon that we call the associative structure of language: early word learning may be driven in part by contextual diversity in the learning environment, with contextual diversity in caregiver speech correlating with the cue-target structure in adult free association norms. To test this, we examined the co-occurrence of… CONTINUE READING
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