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Innateness, abstract names, and syntactic cues in How Children Learn the Meanings of Words

  • Heidi Harley (a1) and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (a2)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X01260130
  • Published online: 01 December 2001
Abstract

Bloom masterfully captures the state-of-the-art in the study of lexical acquisition. He also exposes the extent of our ignorance about the learning of names for non-observables. HCLMW adopts an innatist position without adopting modularity of mind; however, it seems likely that modularity is needed to bridge the gap between object names and the rest of the lexicon.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
  • URL: /core/journals/behavioral-and-brain-sciences
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