Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Short Communication

The other way to learn the meaning of a word


Sam Scott a1
a1 Cognitive Science Department, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6, Canada sscott@ccs.carleton.ca http://www.chat.carleton.ca/~sscott2/sam

Abstract

Bloom's book can be viewed as a long argument for an anti-Whorfian conclusion. According to Bloom, word learning is usually a process of mapping new words to pre-existing concepts. But an exception to this generalization – the learning of words from linguistic context – poses a problem for Bloom's anti-Whorfian argument.



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