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Topics in Language Disorders:
doi: 10.1097/TLD.0b013e3181e0416d

Fast Mapping Verb Meaning From Argument Structure

Johnson, Valerie E. PhD, CCC-SLP

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Purpose: To examine lexical knowledge in children through a fast mapping task.

Method: This study compared the performance of 60 African American English–speaking and general American English–speaking children between the ages of 4 and 6 years. They were presented with a comprehension task involving the fast mapping of novel verbs in 4 different argument structures (intransitive, transitive, transfer, and complement). The fast mapping task was developed to determine how children use syntactic cues to help fix the meaning of novel verbs.

Results: The results indicated that both groups of children could fast map novel verbs at a relatively equivalent level.

Conclusion: The promise of fast mapping as an alternative method of measuring word knowledge in culturally and linguistically diverse populations is discussed.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins


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