Where's the orange? geometric and extra-geometric factors in children's talk of spatial relations

Richards, Lynn V., Coventry, Kenny R. and Clibbens, John (2004) Where's the orange? geometric and extra-geometric factors in children's talk of spatial relations. Journal of Child Language, 31 (1). pp. 153-175. ISSN 0305-0009

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Abstract

The effect of both geometric and extra-geometric factors on children's production of in is reported (free-response paradigm). Eighty children across four age groups (means 4;1, 5;5, 6;1, and 7;1) were shown video scenes of puppets placing real objects in various positions with reference to a bowl and a plate. Located objects were placed at three heights on top of piles of other objects in the scene. The extra-geometric factor of location control of the located object was manipulated by comparing static scenes to dynamic scenes in which the located object was depicted as either moving independently of, or together with, the reference object. Additionally, the located object was placed on other objects that were either the same or different (e.g. an apple on apples or on oranges). The results indicate that even the youngest children altered the way they talked according to not only geometric but also extra-geometric factors.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work and Psychology
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 18 May 2016 13:00
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2019 16:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/58854
DOI: 10.1017/S0305000903005865

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