Categorization and Naming in Children

Problems of Induction

In this landmark work on early conceptual and lexical development, Ellen Markman explores the fascinating problem of how young children succeed at the task of inducing concepts. Backed by extensive experimental results, she challenges the fundamental assumptions of traditional theories of language acquisition and proposes that a set of constraints or principles of induction allows children to efficiently integrate knowledge and to induce information about new examples of familiar categories.

Table of Contents

  1. Series Foreword
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. 1. Introduction
  4. 2. Acquisition of Category Terms
  5. 3. The Internal Structure of Categories
  6. 4. Basic, Superordinate, and Subordinate Level Categories
  7. 5. Natural Kinds
  8. 6. Language and Richly Structured versus Arbitrary Categories
  9. 7. Systematization of Categories
  10. 8. Collections versus Classes: Indirect Evidence for the Mutual Exclusivity Assumption
  11. 9. Mutual Exclusivity
  12. 10. Summary and Conclusions
  13. References
  14. Index