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ERIC Number: EJ1166402
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7237
The Role of Inhibition in Moving beyond Perceptually Focused Noun Extensions
Snape, Simon; Krott, Andrea
First Language, v38 n1 p95-108 Feb 2018
When young children interpret novel nouns, they tend to be very much affected by the perceptual features of the referent objects, especially shape. This article investigates whether children might inhibit a prepotent tendency to base novel nouns on the shape of referent objects in order to base them on conceptual features (i.e. taxonomic object categories). The study tested 3- to 5-year old children on a noun extension task, alongside a test of their inhibition and more general executive control ability. Noun extensions were related to inhibition ability, independent of age. Noun extensions were not related to individual differences in the general executive control task. This suggests a potential role for inhibition in extension which is independent of other aspects of cognitive development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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