What hinders child semantic computation: Children's universal quantification and the development of cognitive control

Utako Minai, Nobuyuki Jincho, Naoto Yamane, Reiko Mazuka

研究成果: Article査読

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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. ©

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)919-956
ページ数38
ジャーナルJournal of Child Language
39
5
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2012 11
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 言語学および言語
  • 言語および言語学
  • 心理学(全般)
  • 発達心理学および教育心理学
  • 実験心理学および認知心理学

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