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Abstract concepts in development: spontaneous production of complex words in Swedish child language
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1050-0709
2019 (English)In: Perspectives on abstract concepts: cognition, language and communication / [ed] Marianna Bolognesi and Gerard J. Steen, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2019, p. 241-261Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

For young children, grasping abstract concepts and words poses a challenge. This chapter reports a case-study in which I discuss the abstract concepts expressed by complex words (440 types) by a Swedish girl (1–3 years). The data show that complex adjectives expressing evaluative content emerged prior age 2. These types of adjectives might thus be one step towards the learning of abstract concepts. The child’s novel compounds, combining concepts on several variables, are proof of her ability to gradually abstract away from perception-based reality. They can therefore be another means in the process of building abstract representation. In conclusion, this study confirms a view of abstract representation being built up gradually by relying on multiple factors such as linguistic, experiential, and contextual information.

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Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2019. p. 241-261
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Human Cognitive Processing (HCP) : Cognitive Foundations of Language Structure and Use MLA (Modern Language Assoc.) Bolognesi, Marianna, and Gerard Steen. Perspectives on Abstract Concepts : Cognition, Language and Communication. John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2019. APA (American Psychological Assoc.) Bolognesi, M., & Steen, G. (2019). Perspectives on Abstract Concepts : Cognition, Language and Communication, ISSN 1387-6724 ; 65
Keywords [en]
conceptual combination, abstract concepts, language development, diary data, Swedish child language, word-formation
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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language studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-158319DOI: 10.1075/hcp.65.12rosISBN: 9789027203182 (print)ISBN: 9789027262523 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-158319DiVA, id: diva2:1306336
Available from: 2019-04-23 Created: 2019-04-23 Last updated: 2019-06-27Bibliographically approved

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