The extended development of mapping spatial demonstratives onto space

Gonzalez Pena, Patricia, Coventry, Kenny, Bayliss, Andrew and Doherty, Martin (2021) The extended development of mapping spatial demonstratives onto space. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. ISSN 0022-0965 (In Press)

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Spatial demonstratives ( this and that in English) convey distance relative to speaker (within reach vs out of reach) and object characteristics, such as ownership. Previous studies indicate that object characteristics affect adult demonstrative choice, e.g., greater use of this for owned objects (Coventry et al., 2014). Here, production of spatial demonstratives was studied developmentally to identify when demonstrative production is sensitive to both distance and ownership. In two experiments, 7-year- olds, 11-year-olds, and adults completed an object-location memory task, and a language task eliciting this or that to indicate an object. Results indicate that adult-like demonstrative production starts around 7 years and continues to develop beyond the age of 11. Non-linguistic spatial memory did not vary significantly across age-groups. Spatial demonstratives encode both semantic and spatial object characteristics throughout development, revealing the fundamental importance of semantic factors for demonstrative production.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
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Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2021 01:40
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