[Source: Science Daily]
Children may learn new words better when they learn them in the context of other words they are just learning — according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Researchers investigated how 18- to 24-month-olds learn new words — in the context of words they already know well and those they don’t. The findings help explain how children learn new words and suggest a new way that parents and carers could help boost language development.
Dr Larissa Samuelson, from UEA’s School of Psychology, said: “We wanted to find out more about children’s ability to learn and remember new words.
“Previous work suggests that when children hear a word they do not know and an object they have never seen in the context of some objects that they can already name, such as a toy or a ball, they guess the new word refers to the new thing.