Young children's disambiguation of object name reference.

@article{Merriman1991YoungCD,
  title={Young children's disambiguation of object name reference.},
  author={William Merriman and James Michael Schuster},
  journal={Child development},
  year={1991},
  volume={62 6},
  pages={1288-301}
}
Children show a disambiguation effect--a tendency to select unfamiliar rather than familiar things as the referents of new names. In previous studies, this effect has been reversed in young 2-year-olds, but not older children, by preexposing the unfamiliar objects, suggesting that attraction to novelty controls 2-years-olds' choices of referents for new names, but a mutual exclusivity and/or lexical gap-filling principle determines preschoolers' selections. Both the disambiguation effect and… CONTINUE READING

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