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ERIC Number: EJ819424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
"Tight" and "Loose" Are Not Created Equal: An Asymmetry Underlying the Representation of "Fit" in English- and Korean-Speakers
Norbury, Heather M.; Waxman, Sandra R.; Song, Hyun-Joo
Cognition, v109 n3 p316-325 Dec 2008
Research concerning the spatial dimension "fit" ("tight" versus "loose") has been based on a tacit but untested assumption that the dimension "fit" is symmetrical, with tight- and loose-fitting relations highlighting the dimension "fit" with equal force. We propose a reformulation, documenting that adult speakers of English (Experiment 1) and Korean (Experiment 2) are sensitive to the dimension "fit", but that their representation is asymmetric, with tight-fitting events highlighting "fit" with greater force than loose-fitting events. We propose that sensitivity to the dimension "fit" is more resilient than has previously been suggested, and that the asymmetry documented here provides a foundation upon which to pursue nuanced questions about the relationship between language and our underlying representations of space. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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