What hinders child semantic computation

Children's universal quantification and the development of cognitive control

Utako Minai, Nobuyuki Jincho, Naoto Yamane, Reiko Mazuka

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Abstract

Recent studies on the acquisition of semantics have argued that knowledge of the universal quantifier is adult-like throughout development. However, there are domains where children still exhibit non-adult-like universal quantification, and arguments for the early mastery of relevant semantic knowledge do not explain what causes such non-adult-like interpretations. The present study investigates Japanese four- and five-year-old children's atypical universal quantification in light of the development of cognitive control. We hypothesized that children's still-developing cognitive control contributes to their atypical universal quantification. Using a combined eye-tracking and interpretation task together with a non-linguistic measure of cognitive control, we revealed a link between the achievement of adult-like universal quantification and the development of flexible perspective-switch. We argue that the development of cognitive control is one of the factors that contribute to children's processing of semantics. ©

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)919-956
Number of pages38
JournalJournal of Child Language
Volume39
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Nov
Externally publishedYes

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What hinders child semantic computation : Children's universal quantification and the development of cognitive control. / Minai, Utako; Jincho, Nobuyuki; Yamane, Naoto; Mazuka, Reiko.

In: Journal of Child Language, Vol. 39, No. 5, 11.2012, p. 919-956.

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Minai, Utako ; Jincho, Nobuyuki ; Yamane, Naoto ; Mazuka, Reiko. / What hinders child semantic computation : Children's universal quantification and the development of cognitive control. In: Journal of Child Language. 2012 ; Vol. 39, No. 5. pp. 919-956.
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