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ERIC Number: EJ870549
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1524-8372
Children's Understanding of Referentially Opaque Contexts: The Role of Metarepresentational and Metalinguistic Ability
Kamawar, Deepthi; Olson, David R.
Journal of Cognition and Development, v10 n4 p285-305 2009
We investigated whether children's ability to deal with referentially opaque contexts could be predicted by both metarepresentational ability (false-belief understanding) and metalinguistic awareness (the ability to compare and evaluate statements containing referring expressions). Five- to 7-year-olds completed opacity, false-belief, metalinguistic awareness, digit-span, and vocabulary measures. Hierarchical regressions indicated that even after the variability from age, vocabulary, and digit span is taken into account, metarepresentational ability and metalinguistic awareness still significantly, and "independently", explain some variability in referential opacity performance. These results are taken as support for the view that both metarepresentational ability and metalinguistic awareness are necessary in order to deal with referentially opaque contexts. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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