Modularity and Constraints in Language and Cognition

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with the meaning that adults have. Bowerman ( 1982) descriptions of her daughters' acquisition of the meanings of such terms as kicks call into question how close the early mapping is, however. Her observations suggest that the early meanings overlapped but did not coincide with adults' usage. Dense sampling of a word's meaning from the time a child first encounters it to the time when the meaning closely resembles that of the surrounding linguistic community may provide exactly the kind of data base we need to make progress in understanding the word learning process--data about the initial state of understanding and the changes that occur beyond that initial understanding. Put another way, it may lead to the kind of theory and data that developmental psychologists really want.


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Preparation of this chapter was supported in part by grants from the National Institutes of Health (HD-19011), the Spencer Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation.


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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • 1 - Constraints, Modules, and Domain Specificity: An Introduction 1
  • References 23
  • 2 - Modularity and Constraints in Early Lexical Acquisition: Evidence from Children's Early Language and Gesture 25
  • References 55
  • 3 - Constraints on Word Learning: Speculations About Their Nature, Origins, and Domain Specificity 59
  • Acknowledgments 95
  • References 96
  • 4 - The Origins of an Autonomous Biology 103
  • Acknowledgments 135
  • Acknowledgments 135
  • 5 - Language, Affect, and Social Order 139
  • Appendix 172
  • Acknowledgments 176
  • References 176
  • 6 - The Logical and Extrinsic Sources of Modularity 179
  • References 209
  • 7 - Beyond Modules 213
  • 8 - What Do Developmental Psychologists Really Want? 221
  • References 231
  • Author Index 233
  • Subject Index 239
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