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ERIC Number: EJ875367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1524-8372
Acquiring Non-Object Terms: The Case for Time Words
Shatz, Marilyn; Tare, Medha; Nguyen, Simone P.; Young, Tess
Journal of Cognition and Development, v11 n1 p16-36 2010
We address the issue of children's understanding of abstract words with two studies on preschoolers' knowledge of the time-duration words "minutes," "hours," "days," and "years." The first study examines 4- and 5-year-olds' ability to answer questions about durations of common phenomena with duration terms. The second study examines 4- to 6-year-olds' comprehension of duration terms with a forced-choice pointing task. Both show that preschoolers' knowledge of such words is incomplete, but that it adheres to the pattern proposed in previous work with toddlers for abstract words. More specifically, children form lexical domains for such words even before they know their individual meanings, thereby allowing the children to often respond appropriately but not usually correctly to questions about abstract dimensions like time. (Contains 3 tables, 4 figures, and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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