The extended development of mapping spatial demonstratives onto space

González-Peña, Patricia, Coventry, Kenny R., Bayliss, Andrew P. and Doherty, Martin J. (2022) The extended development of mapping spatial demonstratives onto space. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 215. ISSN 0022-0965

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Abstract

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, for example, greater use of this for owned objects. 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 of age and continues to develop beyond 11 years. Nonlinguistic 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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Additional Information: Funding Information: This research was supported by EU H2020 ITN Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Action grant agreement no. 676063 (DCOMM) awarded to Kenny Coventry and colleagues. We thank the schools that cooperated with this project, the research assistants who worked in data collection (in particular Lauren Taylor and Chris Ball for their feedback during the pilot stage), and Harmen Gudde for his helpful advice throughout. Funding Information: This research was supported by EU H2020 ITN Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action grant agreement no. 676063 (DCOMM) awarded to Kenny Coventry and colleagues. We thank the schools that cooperated with this project, the research assistants who worked in data collection (in particular Lauren Taylor and Chris Ball for their feedback during the pilot stage), and Harmen Gudde for his helpful advice throughout. Publisher Copyright: © 2021 Elsevier Inc.
Uncontrolled Keywords: language development,object knowledge,ownership,spatial demonstratives,spatial memory,spatial representation,experimental and cognitive psychology,developmental and educational psychology ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200/3205
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
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Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2021 01:40
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2021 13:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/82249
DOI: 10.1016/j.jecp.2021.105336

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