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How Children Learn the Meanings of Words
by Paul Bloom

This volume surveys a large body of the latest, most exciting research findings about how children learn words, and provides a new theoretical perspective on language learning and consolidating. According to Paul Bloom, children learn words through sophisticated cognitive abilities that exist for other purposes. These include the ability to infer others' intentions, the ability to acquire concepts, an appreciation of syntactic structure, and certain general learning and memory abilities. The author covers such issues as: the prelinguistic concepts that infants and young children possess, how they read the minds of others in order to decide what a speaker is referring to when they hear a new word, how they attend to certain aspects of the world at the expense of others when considering possible meanings for a new word; in short, how children are able to perform such a remarkable feat as learning a language in their first few years of life.

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