This volume contains perspectives from a collection of cognitive scientists on the psychological, philosophical, and educational issues surrounding the meanings of words and how these meanings are learned and accessed. It features chapters covering the nature and structure of word meaning, how new word meanings are acquired in childhood and later on in life, and how research in word processing may tell us something about the way in which word meanings are represented and how they relate to the language processor.

chapter 1|26 pages

Meaning and Concepts

chapter 2|54 pages

Word Meaning and Word Use Introduction

ByBarbara C. Malt

chapter 3|26 pages

Cross-Cultural Aspects of Word Meanings

ByJames Hampton

chapter 5|20 pages

Predicating and Nonpredicating Combinations

ByEdward J. Shoben

chapter 6|20 pages

Learning Word Meanings from Definitions: Problems and Potential

ByMargaret G. McKeown

chapter 8|36 pages

On the Early Influence of Meaning in Word Recognition: A Review of the Literature

ByDavid A. Balota, F. Richard Ferraro, Lisa T. Connor

chapter 9|28 pages

Why are Abstract Concepts Hard to Understand?

ByPaula J. Schwanenflugel