A World of Relations: Relational Words

Julia Parish-Morris*, Shannon M. Pruden, Weiyi Ma, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

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    This chapter examines how children learn relational terms through the lens of verbs and prepositions. After reviewing evidence that verbs and prepositions are particularly difficult to learn, it examines several hypotheses to explain this disparity. The chapter concludes that although children have the foundations necessary to learn these words, they have trouble mapping relational words to their referents.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWords and the Mind
    Subtitle of host publicationHow Words Capture Human Experience
    EditorsBarbara Malt, Phillip Wolff
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages24
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199776924
    ISBN (Print)9780195311129
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2010


    • Children
    • Language learning
    • Prepositions
    • Relational terms
    • Verbs


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