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ERIC Number: ED140272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Pages: 28
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Reference Count: 0
Where Is "Under?" The Development from Pragmatic to Semantic Meaning.
Holzman, Mathilda
A distinction is drawn between pragmatic and semantic meaning and a supporting discussion is presented. The hypothesis is then stated, that there are cases where semantic meaning of an utterance is learned as an abstraction from pragmatic meaning. Data from two experiments on a group of 63 preschool children are presented which provide empirical support for the hypothesis in the case of the spatial prepositions "under,""underneath," and "below." The implication of these data is that the competence which distinguishes the competent native hearer-speaker of a language from others has as much to do with pragmatics as with syntactics. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper prepared for the Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, March 1977