Extensional Aspects of the Preschool Child’s Word Concepts

  • J. M. Anglin
Part of the Springer Series in Language and Communication book series (SSLAN, volume 12)


In my contribution to this volume I would like to focus on the extension or the referential scope of the preschool child’s word concepts, a problem which is of relevance to both conceptual and semantic development. The research I will describe has been primarily concerned with the concepts underlying nouns which name objects, such as “dog”, “animal”, “flower”, “money”, etc. I shall attempt to draw some substantive conclusions about extensional aspects of such words for the preschool child, and also to indicate some of the methodological issues involved in research on this problem. In addition, I shall comment briefly on the possible implications which research on extension may have for conclusions regarding meaning or intension.


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