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ERIC Number: EJ830935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1525-0008
Nineteen-Month-Olds' Understanding of the Conventionality of Object Labels versus Desires
Graham, Susan A.; Stock, Hayli; Henderson, Annette M. E.
Infancy, v9 n3 p341-350 Jan 2006
We assessed 19-month-olds' appreciation of the conventional nature of object labels versus desires. Infants played a finding game with an experimenter who stated her intention to find the referent of a novel word (word group), to find an object she wanted (desire group), or simply to look in a box (control group). A 2nd experimenter then administered a comprehension task to assess infants' tendency to extend information to a 2nd person who was not present at the time of learning. Results indicate that infants chose the target object when the 2nd experimenter asked for the referent of the novel label but not when she requested the referent of her desire. These findings demonstrate that 19-month-olds understand that words are conventional, but desires are not. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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