General mechanisms of color lexicon acquisition: Insights from comparison of German and Japanese speaking children

Mutsumi Imai, Noburo Saji, Gerlind Große, Cornelia Schulze, Michiko Asano, Henrik Saalbach

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Abstract

This research investigated how German-speaking children learn color words, both in terms of centroid mappings and boundary delineation, and how they construct the color lexicon as a connected system. The results were compared to those of Japanese children to draw insights on general mechanisms that underlie the acquisition of words in the color lexicon. For both languages, input frequency and category size contributed to the ease of learning. In contrast, in both language groups, naming (in)consistency in adults predicted the adult-like boundary delineation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages3315-3321
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event42nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Developing a Mind: Learning in Humans, Animals, and Machines, CogSci 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 2020 Jul 292020 Aug 1

Conference

Conference42nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Developing a Mind: Learning in Humans, Animals, and Machines, CogSci 2020
CityVirtual, Online
Period20/7/2920/8/1

Keywords

  • color word acquisition
  • language-general mechanisms
  • lexical development
  • role of input
  • word learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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