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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Metacognitive developments in word learning: Mutual exclusivity and theory of mind
Authors: Gollek, Cornelia
Doherty, Martin
Keywords: Word learning
Mutual exclusivity bias
Disambiguation effect
Theory of mind
Alternative naming
Pragmatics
Issue Date: Aug-2016
Citation: Gollek C & Doherty M (2016) Metacognitive developments in word learning: Mutual exclusivity and theory of mind, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 148, pp. 51-69.
Abstract: This project examined the flexibility with which children can use pragmatic information to determine word reference. Extensive previous research shows that children choose an unfamiliar object as referent of a novel name—the disambiguation effect. We added a pragmatic cue indirectly indicating a familiar object as intended referent. In three experiments, preschool children’s ability to take this cue into account was specifically associated with false belief understanding and the ability to produce familiar alternative names (e.g., rabbit, animal) for a given referent. The association was predicted by the hypothesis that all three tasks require an understanding of perspective (linguistic or mental). The findings indicate that perspectival understanding is required to take into account indirect pragmatic information to suspend the disambiguation effect. Implications for lexical principles and sociopragmatic theories of word learning are discussed.
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2016.03.007
Rights: Accepted refereed manuscript of: Gollek C & Doherty M (2016) Metacognitive developments in word learning: Mutual exclusivity and theory of mind, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 148, pp. 51-69. DOI: 10.1016/j.jecp.2016.03.007 © 2016, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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