Early Word Learning

Early Word Learning

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Word learning may seem like a relatively simple task facing young language learners, when compared with the demands of learning grammar. However, closer enquiry highlights the multiple challenges in lexical acquisition. In this compilation, international experts consider word learning to be a continuous learning process, examining children's interaction with words in their entirety. This novel approach looks at the full evolution of the word from the proto-word unit devoid of meaning, to mapping meaning, to skilled recognition. The book draws on cutting-edge research in infant eye-tracking, neuroimaging techniques and computational modelling to bring together diverse perspectives to provide a comprehensive and unified account of early word learning. It will be invaluable for courses in early language development.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 158.75 x 234.95mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 halftones and 10 line drawings
  • 1138843520
  • 9781138843523

Table of contents

* The proto-lexicon: Segmenting word-like units from the speech stream * Intrinsic and extrinsic cues to word learning * Mapping words to objects * The impact of input variability on word learning * Retrieval of form and concept representations in word learning * Mapping words to abstract concepts and actions * Learning words in two languages * Individual differences in early word learning * Computation models of word learning * Neuro-cognitive indices of word learningshow more

About Gert Westermann

Gert Westermann is Professor of Psychology at Lancaster University. He is the Director of the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme in Interdisciplinary Research on Infant Development and currently holds a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship. Nivedita Mani is Professor of Psychology at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen in Germany. In 2014 she won the Fritz-Behrens Stiftung’s Science Prize and became a Member of Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities in 2017.show more