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CD3366 Term Project Spring 2004
Summary of school-age children's semantic development
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Age in Years

Semantic

5

 

6

 

7

Uses left/right, back/front

8

 

9

Has generally completed most of syntagmatic-paradigmatic shift

Begins to interpret psychological states described with physical terms (cold, blue) but misinterprets

10

Comprehends in and on used for temporal terms

Comprehends most familiar terms

11

Creates abstract definitions

Has all elements of conventional adult definitions

Understands psychological states described with physical terms

12

 

13-15

Comprehends some proverbs

Comprehends at used for temporal relations

16-18

Approximately 80,000 word meanings