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Title: Children's Acquisition of Words
Author: Samir Karmakar
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Institution: Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science
Abstract: Basic concern of this article is to explore the theoretical complicacies related with the emergence of the subjective meaning system. The emergence of subjective meaning system is a unique case, in the sense that the child is not sharing a set of meanings. Therefore the entire task of acquisition is not just to set up the sound-meaning correspondence but primarily to cut the reality into pieces that means I am worried about the emergence of conceptual boundaries, since the hidden assumption is that the experience is first represented holistically. Moreover the emergence of compositionality, in case of acquiring the first lexicon needs some special attention; because the lexicon internal compositionality can be studied from two distinct levels: conceptual and categorial. The issues of compositionality vary depending on the nature of the level. I have also argued in this paper that the nature of boundaries is contingent, probable and interactive, whereas the syntagmaticparadigmatic abilities can be characterized as determinative and conservative. But how? Let us see.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed


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