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Vocabulary acquisition

Gobet, Fernand ORCID: 0000-0002-9317-6886 (2015) Vocabulary acquisition. In: Wright, James D., (ed.) International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition). Elsevier (Firm), Oxford, UK, pp. 226-231. ISBN 9780080970875

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Identification Number: 10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.53028-1


Acquiring the words of one's language is, in principle, a challenging problem, but children solve it surprisingly easily. This article covers (1) the skills (speech perception, speech segmentation, and speech production) that children must acquire before producing their first words; (2) the main theories attempting to explain how the meaning of words is acquired; (3) the role of working memory in learning words; and (4) the acquisition of vocabulary beyond the early years. The tension between nativist and constructivist theories is discussed, as well as the challenges faced by future research.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2015 Elsevier Ltd
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
P Language and Literature
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2019 16:15
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:52

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