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Hardcover | Out of Print | 264 pp. | 6 x 9 in | March 1989 | ISBN: 9780262132398
Paperback | $32.00 X | £26.95 | 264 pp. | 6 x 9 in | February 1991 | ISBN: 9780262631365
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Categorization and Naming in Children

Problems of Induction


In this landmark work on early conceptual and lexical development, Ellen Markman explores the fascinating problem of how young children succeed at the task of inducing concepts. Backed by extensive experimental results, she challenges the fundamental assumptions of traditional theories of language acquisition and proposes that a set of constraints or principles of induction allows children to efficiently integrate knowledge and to induce information about new examples of familiar categories.


“In a compelling account Ellen Markman outlines the objections to traditional views of categorization and provides a framework for analysing children's early conceptual development... Her analysis raises questions which should determine the research agenda in this area for many years to come.”
Julie Dockrell, Times Higher Education Supplement