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Becoming a Word Learner: A Debate on Lexical Acquisition

Roberta Micknick Golinkoff and Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek


Language acquisition is a contentious field of research occupied by cognitive and developmental psychologists, linguists, philosophers, and biologists. Perhaps the key component to understanding how language is mastered is explaining word acquisition. At twelve months, an infant learns new words slowly and laboriously; but at twenty months, he or she acquires an average of ten new words per day. How can we explain this phenomenal change? A theory of word acquisition deepens our understanding of the nature of language but also provides real insight into the workings of the developing mind. This ... More

Keywords: word acquisition, word acquisition theories, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology

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Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780195130324
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130324.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roberta Micknick Golinkoff, editor
University of Delaware

Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, editor
Temple of University

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1 Word Learning

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

5 The Social Nature of Words and Word Learning

Nameera Akhtar, and Michael Tomasello

6 An Emergentist Coalition Model for Word Learning

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, and George Hollich

7 Counterpoint Commentary

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Lois Bloom, Linda B. Smith, Amanda L. Woodward, Nameera Akhtar, Micheal Tomasello, and George Hollich

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