Evidence for the psychological reality of semantic components: The verbs of possession

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Abstract

Gentner asked children ages 3-1/2 - 8-1/2 to act out with toys sentences using the verbs give, take, pay, trade, spend, buy, and sell. Performance was worse for verbs with more semantic components, and semantic components were often missing for the more complex words (e.g., sell interpreted as give: components concerning transfer of money not yet part of the lexical entry)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-246
JournalExplorations in Cognition
Volume35
StatePublished - 1975

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