Word learning emerges from the interaction of online referent selection and slow associative learning.

  title={Word learning emerges from the interaction of online referent selection and slow associative learning.},
  author={Bob McMurray and Jessica Horst and Larissa K. Samuelson},
  journal={Psychological review},
  volume={119 4},
Classic approaches to word learning emphasize referential ambiguity: In naming situations, a novel word could refer to many possible objects, properties, actions, and so forth. To solve this, researchers have posited constraints, and inference strategies, but assume that determining the referent of a novel word is isomorphic to learning. We present an alternative in which referent selection is an online process and independent of long-term learning. We illustrate this theoretical approach with… CONTINUE READING
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