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Traditionally, children’s definitions of a given noun have been considered as correct only if they fitted the classic Aristotelian model of definition: “X is a Y that Z” (see Snow, 1990). In a different perspective, the aim of this study was to identify the different types of definition children use, in order to define different domains of knowledge in the context of their developmental trend. Thus, the definitions provided by 10, 11and 13-year-old children for concept nouns referring to different knowledge domains were collected and coded according to their different types. The results showed that, while children at 10 are already able to produce all the types of definition considered, the specific type of definition they produced critically depended on both the kind of the word to define and the specific knowledge domain it belonged to. In addition, there was a significant difference between groups of different ages.

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@inproceedings{Turrini2007XxviHF, title={Xxvi Hypermedia for Education and Research}, author={Giovanna Turrini and Francesca Bianchi and Andrea Bozzi and Nicoletta Calzolari Zamorani and Laura Cignoni and Eugenio Picchi and Vito Pirrelli and Irina Prodanof and Antonio Zampolli and LINGUISTICA COMPUTAZIONALE and Maurizio Lucenteforte and Simona Siracusa and Francesca Bini and Flavia Fulvio and Marinella Marchetti and Franca Bosc and Paola Meschiari Vezzosi and Maria Grazia Orlandini and Monica Pratelli and Caterina Cangi{\`a} and Nicoletta Caramelli and Anna M. Borghi and Annalisa Setti}, year={2007} }