Concept Development and the Development of Word Meaning : Meeting : Selected Papers (Springer Series in Language and Communication)

Concept Development and the Development of Word Meaning : Meeting : Selected Papers (Springer Series in Language and Communication)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 349 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9783540122517
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This volume owes its existance to many different sources and influ- ences. It is based on a meeting that took place from April 30 to May 2, 1982 at the University of Technology in Darmstadt. The idea for that meeting came while we were elaborating a research program on concept development and the development of word meaning; we were inspired by Werner Deutsch of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and by the Volkswagen Foundation in Hannover (Federal Republic of Germany) to organize an international conference on the same topic. We set out to invite a long list of colleagues, and we only regret that not all of them were able to attend. This volume should not be viewed as the proceedings of that conference. On the one hand, it does not include all of the papers presented there, and on the other hand, some of our colleagues who were unable to attend were nevertheless willing to write contributions. Furthermore, some who did pre- sent papers at the conference revised and reformulated them or even submitted completely new ones for this book.
We feel, however, that in the end we have arranged a valuable collection of work in the theory and research of a field that has occupied not only psychologists and linguists, but also philosophers, anthropologists, and many others for a long time.


Historical Trends of Research in Concept Development and the Development of Word Meaning.- 1 General Aspects.- Word Meaning and Word Recognition.- The Acquisition of Word Knowledge: Gradual Learning or Sudden Reorganization?.- Cognitive Development: Schemata, Systems and the Structural Puzzle.- 2 Linguistic and Metalinguistic Perspectives.- Convention and Contrast in Acquiring the Lexicon.- Meaningful or Meaningless: Children's Judgments.- 3 Conceptual Constraints.- Semantic Inferences and the Acquisition of Word Meaning.- Constraints on Word Meaning - Natural Kinds.- 4 An Epistemological Point of View in the Discussion.- Young Children and Social Knowledge.- From "Outer" to "Inner" Reality: On the Meaning of Some Moral Words.- The Conceptual Basis for Language.- 5 Theory and Research on Action Words.- The Early Acquisition and Development of the Meanings of Action-Related Words.- What Do Word Meanings Reveal About Conceptual Development?.- Some Aspects of Verb Meaning.- 6 Theory and Research on Over-and Underextension.- Extensional Aspects of the Preschool Child's Word Concepts.- 7 Methodological and Theoretical Considerations of Current Research.- Background Knowledge, Presupposition and Canonicality.- Looking to the Future: Theory and Research in Language and Cognitive Development.- How Can We Assess Meaning and Investigate Meaning Development: Theoretical and Methodological Considerations from an Epistemological Point of View.- Author Index.