Where's the orange? Geometric and extra-geometric influences on English children's descriptions of spatial locations

Richards, L.V. and Coventry, K.R. and Clibbens, J. (2004) Where's the orange? Geometric and extra-geometric influences on English children's descriptions of spatial locations. Journal of Child Language, 31 (1). pp. 153-175.

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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
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Q100 Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
UoA Collections > UoA 04: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Depositing User: John Clibbens
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2017 10:01
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2017 10:01
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4165

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