Ling208 Phonology Lexis/ Semantics

1. Under extension is:

  • a child uses a word in the incorrect context
  • a child refers to something as a word outside its category
  • the wrong ending is applied to a verb
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2. Why did Gentner claim nouns are easier to learn than verbs?

  • because children hear them more often
  • because they are conceptually easier
  • because they start with a capital letter

3. Explain joint attention in terms of lexical constraints

  • Children who spend more time in joint attentional frames learn more words
  • children in joint attention frames get more distracted and do not learn new word meanings
  • children like being in joint attention with a caregiver

4. In what instances do children show less of a vocabulary 'spurt'

  • with siblings
  • without siblings

5. At what point do children learn many more words?

  • 50 words
  • 500 words
  • 1000 words
  • 25 words


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