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    The Changing Role of Sound‐Symbolism for Small Versus Large Vocabularies
    with James Brand and Padraic Monaghan
    Cognitive Science 42 (S2): 578-590. 2018.
    Natural language contains many examples of sound-symbolism, where the form of the word carries information about its meaning. Such systematicity is more prevalent in the words children acquire first, but arbitrariness dominates during later vocabulary development. Furthermore, systematicity appears to promote learning category distinctions, which may become more important as the vocabulary grows. In this study, we tested the relative costs and benefits of sound-symbolism for word learning as voc…Read more