Learning cues to category membership: Patterns in children’s acquisition
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When we think of children acquiring language, we often think of their acquisition
of linguistic structure as separate from their acquisition of knowledge about the
world. But it is clear that in the process of learning about language, children consult
what they know about the world; and that in learning about the world, children
use linguistic cues to discover how items are related to one another. This interaction
between the acquisition of linguistic structure and the acquisition of category
structure is especially clear in word learning.