Articles  |   September 1988
Acquiring Lexical Contrast
Articles   |   September 1988
Acquiring Lexical Contrast
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research September 1988, Vol.31, 317-326. doi:10.1044/jshr.3103.317
History: Accepted 06 Oct 1987 , Received 25 Sep 1986
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research September 1988, Vol.31, 317-326. doi:10.1044/jshr.3103.317
History: Accepted 06 Oct 1987 , Received 25 Sep 1986

Production of the deictic verbs bring and take was evaluated among 88 normally functioning children (grades K-6). Theoretical approaches and assumptions concerning a working definition of word mastery were contrasted and found to influence (a) the evaluative scheme chosen to assess lexical knowledge and (b) conclusions concerning the development of lexical contrast. Results, which revealed a developmental order unlike that reported elsewhere, are related to the broad issue of interpretation of lexical overextension behavior. A model of antonym learning is proposed that assigns a prepotent role to the second-to-emerge term in a contrastive pair.

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