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The polysemy of the words that children learn over time

Author
Casas, B.; Català Roig, N.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Hernandez Fernandez, A.; Baixeries, J.
Type of activity
Journal article
Journal
Interaction studies
Date of publication
2018-12
Volume
19
Number
3
First page
389
Last page
426
DOI
10.1075/is.16036.cas
Project funding
Management and Analysis of Complex DATA
Repository
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/130754 Open in new window
https://arxiv.org/pdf/1611.08807.pdf Open in new window
URL
https://www.jbe-platform.com/content/journals/10.1075/is.16036.cas Open in new window
Abstract
Here we study polysemy as a potential learning bias in vocabulary learning in children. We employ a massive set of transcriptions of conversations between children and adults in English, to analyze the evolution of mean polysemy in the words produced by children whose ages range between 10 and 60 months. Our results show that mean polysemy in children increases over time in two phases, i.e. a fast growth till the 31st month followed by a slower tendency towards adult speech. In contrast, no dep...
Citation
Casas, B. [et al.]. The polysemy of the words that children learn over time. "Interaction studies", Desembre 2018, vol. 19, núm. 3, p. 389-426.
Keywords
CHILDES, Child language evolution, Learning biases, Polysemy, Quantitative linguistics, Vocabulary learning
Group of research
GPLN - Natural Language Processing Group
IDEAI-UPC - Intelligent Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Research Center
LARCA - Laboratory of Relational Algorithmics, Complexity and Learnability
TALP - Centre for Language and Speech Technologies and Applications

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