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A World of Relations: Relational Words

Abstract

This chapter examines how children learn relational terms through the lens of verbs and prepositions. After reviewing evidence that verbs and prepositions are particularly difficult to learn, it examines several hypotheses to explain this disparity. The chapter concludes that although children have the foundations necessary to learn these words, they have trouble mapping relational words to their referents. © 2010 by Barbara C. Malt and Phillip Wolff. All rights reserved.