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ERIC Number: EJ810125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Language within Your Reach: Near-Far Perceptual Space and Spatial Demonstratives
Coventry, Kenny R.; Valdes, Berenice; Castillo, Alejandro; Guijarro-Fuentes, Pedro
Cognition, v108 n3 p889-895 Sep 2008
Spatial demonstratives ("this/that") play a crucial role when indicating object locations using language. However, the relationship between the use of these proximal and distal linguistic descriptors and the near (peri-personal) versus far (extra-personal) perceptual space distinction is a source of controversy [Kemmerer, D. (1999). "Near" and "far" in language and perception. "Cognition" 73, 35-63], and has been hitherto under investigated. Two experiments examined the influence of object distance from speaker, tool use (participants pointed at objects with their finger/arm or with a stick), and interaction with objects (whether or not participants placed objects themselves) on spatial demonstrative use (e.g. "this/that red triangle") in English ("this/that") and Spanish ("este/ese/aquel"). The results show that the use of demonstratives across two languages is affected by distance from speaker and by both tool use and interaction with objects. These results support the view that spatial demonstrative use corresponds with a basic distinction between near and far perceptual space. (Contains 4 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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