Elizabeth Chaney ♦ Global Scholars 2016 Symposium
Title: The Use of Syntactic Cues in Novel Verb Learning: A Case in Object Omission
Abstract: Learning a word is not simple. However, children increase their vocabulary rapidly starting around the age of 19 months. How can children successfully learn words so quickly? The key lies in children’s ability to use multiple cues instead of a single cue to help them learn words. This study focuses on the initial lexical representation that Mandarin-speaking children and English-speaking children construct for a novel verb under the circumstances in which word exposures are minimal.