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Mediation process and the acquisition of language

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Two experiments were conducted with chaining paradigm in which three lists were differentiated in semantic organization. In Experiment I, chaining (A-B, B-C, A-C), pseudo-chaining (A-B, B'-C, A-C) and non-chaining (A-B, D-C, A-C) conditions produced no difference in the performance on the A-C list in Stage III and A-B recall in Stage IV was the same for all conditions, corresponding to the same performance on the A-B list in Stage I. The findings were confirmed by Experiment II in which two types of mediators (preposition versus contentive) were used in chaining paradigm. No evidence of mediated facilitation was found. The results were discussed with regard to whether mediation process could provide an adequate explanatory device of language acquisition process.

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The study was supported by a grant from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. I am very grateful to Prof. Dr. W. Metzger for his useful suggestions.

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Park, T.-. Mediation process and the acquisition of language. Psychol. Forsch. 36, 13–26 (1973). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00424651

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Keywords

  • Language Acquisition
  • Acquisition Process
  • Mediation Process
  • Semantic Organization
  • Explanatory Device