The Ontogeny of Lexical Networks

  title={The Ontogeny of Lexical Networks},
  author={Erica H Wojcik and Jenny R. Saffran},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={1898 - 1905}
Although the semantic relationships among words have long been acknowledged as a crucial component of adult lexical knowledge, the ontogeny of lexical networks remains largely unstudied. To determine whether learners encode relationships among novel words, we trained 2-year-olds on four novel words that referred to four novel objects, which were grouped into two visually similar pairs. Participants then listened to repetitions of word pairs (in the absence of visual referents) that referred to… 

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