On the Evidence for Prelinguistic Concepts

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Published 06-09-2005
Christopher GAUKER

Abstract

Language acquisition is often said to be a process of mapping words into pre-existing concepts. If that is right, then we ought to be able to obtain experimental evidence for the existence of concepts in prelinguistic children, as intended in the work of Paul Quinn. This paper argues that Quinn's results have an alternative explanation.

How to Cite

GAUKER, C. (2005). On the Evidence for Prelinguistic Concepts. THEORIA, 20(3), 287–297. https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.563
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Keywords

concept acquisition, language learning, similarity.

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MONOGRAPHIC SECTION