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Children's and Adults' Use of Conversation Cues When Selecting Sources of Information

dc.contributor.advisorSaylor, Megan
dc.contributor.authorDeLisle, Sarah S.
dc.description.abstractWord learning may be best characterized by the ability to recruit information from social others. One question, then, is how children decide to learn words from one person versus another. The present study investigates the possibility that children use a speaker's ability to follow conversational norms when deciding whether to receive information about object labels. In particular, we investigated whether adults and four-year-olds are sensitive to violations of the Gricean maxims of quality and relation. Adults revealed sensitivity to violations of each maxim and used this to select from whom they received information. Four-year-olds were not sensitive to these violations. Future studies might pinpoint why children were unsuccessful in using the violations to decide whether to learn words from someone.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciencesen
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen
dc.subjectWord learning; Gricean maxims; information sourcesen
dc.subject.lcshLanguage acquisitionen
dc.subject.lcshDevelopmental psychologyen
dc.subject.lcshSpeech errorsen
dc.subject.lcshChildren -- Languageen
dc.titleChildren's and Adults' Use of Conversation Cues When Selecting Sources of Informationen
dc.title.alternativeConversation cues & selection of information sourcesen
dc.description.collegeVanderbilt Universityen
dc.description.schoolPeabody Collegeen
dc.description.departmentPsychology and Human Developmenten

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