Abstract or Introduction
In order to understand how children acquire lexical meaning, this term paper focuses on the development of children’s mental lexicon and how children manage to store words in their mind.
Everyday conversation requires most people to use several thousands of words in the course of an average day, while most of the time, people appear having relatively little difficulty in bringing the corresponding terms to their minds. Yet, speakers of a language are mostly unaware of the complex system allowing them to cope with these words and to use them appropriately. When learning a new language, however, adults are likely to reconsider their view on the human word-store, especially, when observing a three-year-old child using a for them difficult-to-learn language effortlessly. How is it possible that children acquire lexical meaning of thousands of words even before they are able to dress themselves properly? When thinking about the question, one might assume the learning of meaning of words as a simple task, imagining a word learning situation where the child is looking at a storybook while one of the parents is naming the depicted object by its respective name.
- Quote paper
- Chiara Alina Sachwitz (Author), 2019, The Mental Lexicon. Children’s Acquisition of Lexical Meaning, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/1132633