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Functional Features in Language and SpaceInsights from Perception, Categorization, and Development$
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Laura Carlson and Emile van der Zee

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199264339

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264339.001.0001

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Is it in or is it on? The Influence of Geometry and Location Control on Children’s Descriptions of Containment and Support Events

Is it in or is it on? The Influence of Geometry and Location Control on Children’s Descriptions of Containment and Support Events

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(p.163) 11 Is it in or is it on? The Influence of Geometry and Location Control on Children’s Descriptions of Containment and Support Events
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Functional Features in Language and Space
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LYNN RICHARDS

KENNY COVENTRY

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264339.003.0011

Spatial language comprehension and production is affected not only by where objects are positioned in space but also by what those objects are and how they are interacting with each other over time. This chapter examines children's production of spatial expressions to describe scenes involving containment and support events which manipulate both the relative positions of objects in those scenes and the dynamics in the scenes. The latter manipulation was a test of whether children's production spatial expressions is influenced by what has been termed location control. The chapter shows that even the youngest age group of children (from 3–4) modified the spatial expressions they produced in response to the presence or absence of location control in the scenes described.

Keywords:   extra-geometric factor, adult comprehension, object naming, spatial language comprehension, spatial expression, location control

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