Overheard, baby edition: Making sense of new words
By Laura Sanders, 12:48 PM March 11, 2014
Babies are born into a foreign land where the customs are strange, the inhabitants confusing and the language utterly incomprehensible. But their minds are primed to slurp up information about their world, and this weird, frightening place soon turns familiar. Now, scientists have figured out one of babies’ tricks for learning new words.
It turns out that babies go fishing with familiar verbs (eat, cry, dance) to ferret out the meaning of unknown nouns. For a study published in the April Cogni...
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