Count Nouns, Adjectives, and Perceptual Properties in Children's Novel Word Interpretations

Linda B. Smith, Susan S. Jones, Barbara Landau

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Abstract

Three-year-old children were shown a novel exemplar toy and asked to judge test items that differed from the exemplar in shape, coloration, or material substance. In the count noun condition, children judged whether test items had the same novel name as the exemplar. In the adjective condition, children judged whether a test item could be described by the same novel adjective as the exemplar. The results of 3 experiments indicated that children systematically attend to shape in interpreting novel count nouns, but their interpretation of adjectives is contextually determined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-286
Number of pages14
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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