Gert Westermann and Nivedita Mani (2017)

Early word learning

Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, New York, NY. (ISBN: 978-1-138-84351-6).

Early Word Learning explores the overlapping and interactive processes leading to young children learning words and their meanings. Experts in the field review the development of early lexical acquisition, starting with an infant's learning of native speech sounds, to segmenting proto-words from fluent speech, mapping individual words to meanings in the face of natural variability and uncertainty, and developing a structured mental lexicon. Drawing on cutting-edge research in infant eye-tracking, neuroimaging techniques and computational modelling, this book surveys the field covering both established results and the most recent advances in word learning research. The chapters combine empirical, computational and theoretical perspectives, to provide a comprehensive yet coherent and unified representation of early word learning, spanning the first two years of life. It is essential reading for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in early language development and developmental psycholinguistics as well as researchers in these fields. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)

Accession Number: 2018-00894-000. Partial author list: First Author & Affiliation: Westermann, Gert; Department of Psychology, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom. Release Date: 20180820. Publication Type: Book (0200), Edited Book (0280). Format Covered: Print. ISBN: 978-1-138-84351-6, Hardcover; 978-1-138-84352-3, Paperback; 978-1-315-73097-4, Digital (undefined format). Language: English. Major Descriptor: Language Development; Learning; Lexical Access; Vocabulary. Minor Descriptor: Word Meaning; Mental Lexicon. Classification: Cognitive & Perceptual Development (2820). Population: Human (10). Age Group: Childhood (birth-12 yrs) (100); Neonatal (birth-1 mo) (120); Infancy (2-23 mo) (140). Intended Audience: Psychology: Professional & Research (PS). Page Count: 161.

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