ERIC Number: EJ929758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
What's Mine Is Mine: Twelve-Month-Olds Use Possessive Pronouns to Identify Referents
Saylor, Megan M.; Ganea, Patricia A.; Vazquez, Maria D.
Developmental Science, v14 n4 p859-864 Jul 2011
This research investigated 12-month-olds' ability to use person-specific language to determine to which of several absent things a person is referring. Infants were introduced to two experimenters who played separately with a different ball. One researcher asked infants to retrieve her object when both balls were hidden. Infants selected the correct object when researchers used the pronoun my, but failed to do so when the was used. The present research provides the first evidence of 12-month-olds' comprehension of possessive pronouns and indicates that infants use person-specific language to resolve reference.
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