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Using foundational ‘easy’ words as starters for more complex words

Using foundational ‘easy’ words as starters for more complex words

Learning easy words such as 'share' unlocks more challenging, nuanced words such as 'collaborate'. One of the biggest questions in psycholinguistics is how the ‘mental lexicon’ is organised. Cognitive linguists have been trying to understand how language is conceptualised in the mind, how words relate to each other, how we store them in memory and how we access them so efficiently when we talk, write or read. Recent studies were able to discern the overall structure of how we conceptualise language: we form nets with the words we learn. Words are like nodes from which strings stem and link them to other words. The closeness of a link between two words depends on the frequency of the words, on the……

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