Words can differ dramatically in how widely they are known by others and this distribution has to be learned. For this study, we ask whether children refrain from using a novel word for an object when speaking to an interlocutor who does not know that word (“give me the bem”), by instead employing a description of the object composed of familiar words (“give me the blue one”).
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- Major: Psychology & Spanish Linguistics
- Mentor: Mahesh Srinivasan, Psychology