ERIC Number: EJ778842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 38
Do Novel Words Facilitate 18-Month-Olds' Spatial Categorization?
Casasola, Marianella; Bhagwat, Jui
Child Development, v78 n6 p1818-1829 Nov-Dec 2007
Eighteen-month-olds' spatial categorization was tested when hearing a novel spatial word. Infants formed an abstract categorical representation of support (i.e., placing 1 object on another) when hearing a novel spatial particle during habituation but not when viewing the events in silence. Infants with a productive spatial vocabulary did not discriminate the support relation when hearing the same novel word as a count noun. However, infants who were not yet producing spatial words did attend to the support relation when presented with the novel count noun. The results indicate that 18-month-olds can use a novel particle (possibly assisted by a familiar verb) to facilitate their spatial categorization but that the specificity of this effect varies with infants' acquisition of spatial language.
Descriptors: Nouns, Verbs, Form Classes (Languages), Infants, Word Recognition, Spatial Ability, Auditory Stimuli, Child Language, Language Acquisition, Classification, Child Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.; State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Coll. of Human Ecology at Cornell Univ.; National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
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