Names for Things
Four chapters in the book's first section, Matters Mainly Psychological, describe empirical observations that explore how a child copes with the fact that many different name-like words can be applied to a single object.
A second major section, Matters Mainly Linguistic, contains chapters on phonology, the learning of grammatical categories, the definite and indefinite articles, and the plural. A third section, Matters Mainly Philosophical, focuses entirely on the complex issues of reference and meaning. A final chapter reflects on the implications of the book for developmental psychology.
A Bradford Book.
About the Author
John Macnamara is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, McGill University.
—Susan Carey, MIT
—Steven Pinker, Stanford University