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 [email protected]


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.