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Barrett, Martyn D. 1982. Distinguishing between prototypes: The early acquisition of the meaning of object names. In Kuczaj, Stan A. II, ed. Language development. L. Erlbaum. pp. 313–334.
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It is suggested that during the earliest stage of lexical development, a word is likely to be underextended with respect to the adult lexicon, because the child initially uses that word only to refer to the prototypical referent. Overextension follows after defining the more salient features of the prototype.