Posted by Skylar on Sunday, September 2, 2007 at 6:20am.
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I only was asked which I thought the answer to the first question was. Please help!
The first question is an example of overextension. Check this paragraph from the website linked below.
Two characteristics of this stage are overextension and underextension. For example, the word hat can mean just about anything that can be put on your head, a “goggie” applies to just about any animal, and “dada” (much to the embarrassment of moms everywhere) pretty much means any man whatsoever. On the other hand, sometimes kids engage in underextension, meaning that they use a general word to mean one very specific thing. For example, “baba” may mean MY bottle and my bottle only, and “soozies” may mean MY shoes and no one else’s.
Ms Sue, according to my text:
"Underextension refers to the child's
tendency to call all male adults
"daddy" or all dogs by the family
dog's name, even though the child
can clearly recognize the difference
between his dad and all other males and his dog and other dogs."
"Younger preschoolers commonly call all
four-footed furry animals"dog" and all
large animals "horse." This reflects
overextension,in which the child has
overextended and made a logical conclusion because these animals have many of the same features,can be about
the same size,and therefore fit the
So, wouldn't the question be an example of "underextension?"
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