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ERIC Number: EJ777193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Where's the Orange? Geometric and Extra-Geometric Influences on English Children's Descriptions of Spatial Locations
Richards, Lynn V.; Coventry, Kenny R.; Clibbens, John
Journal of Child Language, v31 n1 p153-175 Feb 2004
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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