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Filling gaps in early word learning

Nature Human Behaviourvolume 2pages622623 (2018) | Download Citation

Years of research has shown that children do not learn words at random, but in distinct patterns. Why do we observe the patterns that we do? By using network science and investigating the words that children don’t learn, researchers have potentially uncovered a general property of word learning as a process of gap forming and filling.

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    • Thomas T. Hills
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