Analogical processes in language learning

Dedre Gentner*, Laura L. Namy

*Corresponding author for this work

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The acquisition of language has long stood as a challenge to general learning accounts, leading many theorists to propose domain-specific knowledge and processes to explain language acquisition. Here we review evidence that analogical comparison is instrumental in language learning, suggesting a larger role for general learning processes in the acquisition of language.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-301
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Analogical learning
  • Language acquisition
  • Structural alignment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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