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13:00 - 14:00 24 October 2017

Experimental Psychology Seminar: The Development of Lexical Flexibility


Room 305 | 26 Bedford Way (link Map)
London | WC1H 0DS | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Student

Speaker: Hugh Rabagliati, University of Edinburgh

A defining feature of human language is its creative capacity, allowing us to express an infinite number of different ideas. Cognitive science has made considerable strides in explaining how children master one source of linguistic creativity, i.e., grammar, but we know much less about the development of a second, subtler source of creativity: our ability to use words flexibly, to express multiple different meanings. I will present data from both experimental and typological work, which suggest that children have a sophisticated ability to learn about the flexible meanings of words and, moreover, that human languages are specifically adapted so as to facilitate lexical development in young children.


UCL Department of Experimental Psychology
+44 (0) 207 679 5332 | h.spiers@ucl.ac.uk


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