Do Children Commit Categorizing Errors While Using Proper Names?


social communication
learning singular names
learning general names
learning proper nouns


The author of the article regards the source of the distinction for singular names/general names not to have a cultural character, but a cognitive one, and on these grounds tries to solve one important modern problem: how is it that when a child learns words, the child commonly applies an aggressive strategy and does not make category mistakes connected with the (apparent) use of some singular names – individual names (when it is required to refrain from applying this strategy). Next, the author argues that although a child at the age of two can properly use a singular name, it does not constitute any evidence that it can properly use a proper name, as psychologists assume. For that to happen the child would have to understand the nature of a proper noun.