Articles  |   September 1988
Acquiring Lexical Contrast
 
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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: Received September 25, 1986 , Accepted October 6, 1987
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1988, Vol. 31, 317-326. doi:10.1044/jshr.3103.317
History: Received September 25, 1986; Accepted October 6, 1987

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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