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ERIC Number: EJ929757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Preschoolers Joke with Jokers, but Correct Foreigners
Hoicka, Elena; Akhtar, Nameera
Developmental Science, v14 n4 p848-858 Jul 2011
Thirty- and 36-month-old English speakers' (N = 106) ability to produce jokes, distinguish between humorous and sincere intentions, and distinguish between English- and foreign-language speakers, was examined in two tasks. In the Giving task, an experimenter requested one of two familiar objects, and a confederate always gave her the wrong object. In the Naming task, the confederate mislabeled familiar objects. In the English-speaking conditions, the confederate laughed after doing the wrong thing (English-Humor) or said, "There!" (English-Sincere). In the Foreign conditions, the French- or Italian-speaking confederate laughed (Foreign-Humor) or said, "D'accord!" or "Va bene!" (Foreign-Sincere). When preschoolers were subsequently requested to give and name the same objects and a new set of familiar objects they were significantly more likely to imitate and "do the wrong thing" in the Humor versus Sincere, and in the English versus Foreign conditions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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