Toddlers can understand words just by hearing them

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November 17th, 2013

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Sudha Arunachalam, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Toddlers may be able to establish meanings of new words just by overhearing them, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have found…

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“The only information provided was linguistic. Our goal was to determine whether 2-year-olds, on hearing new verbs in informative sentences, could use their syntactic content alone to map the novel verbs to meaning, even though no social or visual information was available.”

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