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ERIC Number: ED261781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Children's Explanations of Actions: A Psycholinguistic Study.
Donaldson, Morag Lennox
Questions and sentence completion tasks were used to investigate the ability of twenty-four 5-year-old and an equal number of 8-year-old children to explain actions in terms of intentions. When the children were given information about an action and a result, they were able to infer that the reason for the action was the agent's intention to achieve the result. They were also able to maintain a distinction between reasons and results, and to mark this distinction linguistically. The implications of the findings are discussed both in relation to children's cognitive abilities (e.g., their understanding of causality) and in relation to their linguistic abilities, especially their understanding of "because" and "so." (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)