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Re-Examining the Vocabulary Spurt

Ganger, Jennifer and Brent, Michael (2004) Re-Examining the Vocabulary Spurt. Developmental Psychology, 40 (4).

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We asked whether there is evidence to support the existence of the vocabulary spurt, an increase in the rate of word learning that is thought to occur during the second year of life. Using longitudinal data from 38 children, we modeled the rate of word-learning with two functions, one with an inflection point (logistic), which would indicate a spurt, and one without an inflection point (quadratic). Comparing the fits of these two functions using likelihood ratios, we found that just 5 children had a better logistic fit, indicating they underwent a spurt. The implications for theories of cognitive and language development are considered.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ganger, Jenniferjganger@pitt.edujganger
Brent, Michael
Date: July 2004
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Developmental Psychology
Volume: 40
Number: 4
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1037/0012-1649.40.4.621
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Refereed: No
Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 12 May 2017 20:08
Last Modified: 12 May 2017 20:08


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