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ERIC Number: EJ668533
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
"Want That" Is Understood Well before "Say That,""Think That," and False Belief: A Test of de Villiers's Linguistic Determinism on German-Speaking Children.
Perner, Josef; Sprung, Manuel; Zauner, Petra; Haider, Hubert
Child Development, v74 n1 p179-88 Jan-Feb 2003
Two experiments with monolingual German-speaking 2.5- to 4.5-year-olds showed a consistent developmental gap between children's memory/inference of what someone wanted and what someone wrongly said or thought. Correct answers emerged with mastery of the false-belief task. It was concluded that the observed gap constrains de Villiers's linguistic determinism, which claims that acquisition of necessary grammatical structure for talking about the mind drives children's ability to think about the mind. (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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