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  1. Fascinating talk! I am interested in how both adults and children learn about reference processing from statistical regularities about how references behave. Your work is about discourse regularities of word naming, but in a social context where learning depends on repeated and coninuous reference / interaction. Do you think children develop different kinds of representations for object identity vs. their role in the conversation? One way to ask this is maybe whether memory activation for each object is yoked to the particular referent or to things in its class. If the parent labels one dog, and then picks up a different dog toy and labels it dog, will the second one have a higher memory activation by virtue of the fact that another dog was labeled?

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