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Language and Concept Acquisition from Infancy Through Childhood

Learning from Multiple Exemplars

Editors: Childers, Jane B. (Ed.)

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  • Examines cross-situational learning and comparison processes in young children
  • Synthesizes three prominent theories and empirical research stemming from each
  • Draws connections between the theories with respect to underlying assumptions and mechanisms involved
  • Addresses issues around unsupervised learning
  • Identifies integrative themes, critical differences in underlying assumptions, and key directions for future research
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About this book

This book examines the role of experience-based learning on children’s acquisition of language and concepts. It reviews, compares, and contrasts accounts of how the opportunity to recognize and generalize patterns influences learning. The book offers the first systematic integration of three highly influential research traditions in the domains of language and concept acquisition: Statistical Learning, Structural Alignment, and the Bayesian learning perspective. Chapters examine the parameters that constrain learning, address conditions that optimize learning, and offer explanations for cases in which implicit exemplar-based learning fails to occur. By exploring both the benefits and challenges children face as they learn from multiple examples, the book offers insight on how to better able to understand children’s early unsupervised learning about language and concepts. 

Topics featured in this book include:

  • Competing models of statistical learning and how learning might be constrained by infants’ developing cognitive abilities.
  • How experience with multiple exemplars helps infants understand space and other relations.
  • The emergence of category-based inductive reasoning during infancy and early childhood.
  • How children learn individual verbs and the verb system over time.  
  • How statistical learning leads to aggregation and abstraction in word learning.
  • Mechanisms for evaluating others’ reliability as sources of knowledge when learning new words.
  • The Search for Invariance (SI) hypothesis and its role in facilitating causal learning.

Language and Concept Acquisition from Infancy Through Childhood is an essential resource for researchers, clinicians and related professionals, and graduate students in infancy and early child development, applied linguistics, language education, child, school, and developmental psychology and related mental health and education services.


About the authors

Dr. Jane B. Childers (Ph.D. 1998, University of Texas at Austin), is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology, and Director of the Linguistics Program, at Trinity University, San Antonio.  Her main focus of research examines children’s early verb learning, with an emphasis on how the comparison of events may be useful for deducing verb meaning.  Her research has been funded by the Spencer Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and she serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cognition and Development and the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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eBook £87.50
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-35594-4
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Hardcover £109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-35593-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Language and Concept Acquisition from Infancy Through Childhood
Book Subtitle
Learning from Multiple Exemplars
Editors
  • Jane B. Childers
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-35594-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-35594-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-35593-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 259
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations, 22 illustrations in colour
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