Two-year-olds' sensitivity to speakers' intent: an alternative account of Samuelson and Smith.

Seventy-two 2-year-olds participated in a study designed to test two competing accounts of the effect of contextual change on children's ability to learn a word for an object. The mechanistic account hypothesizes that any change in context that highlights a target object will lead to word learning; the social-pragmatic account maintains that a change in… CONTINUE READING

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