Similarity, analogy and development in radical exemplar theory: A commentary on Ambridge (2020)

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Abstract

During language acquisition children generalise at multiple layers of granularity. Ambridge argues that abstraction-based accounts suffer from lumping (over-general abstractions) or splitting (over-precise abstractions). Ambridge argues that the only way to overcome this conundrum is in a purely exemplar/analogy-based system in which generalisations are based on similarity to individual exemplars. However, to move our understanding forward, radical exemplar theory must include clearly specified mechanisms for analogy and similarity computation, and must account for changes in children’s generalisations across development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)600-603
Number of pages4
JournalFirst Language
Volume40
Issue number5-6
Early online date3 Mar 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Analogy
  • competition
  • computational models
  • development
  • exemplar models
  • generalisation
  • mechanism

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