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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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Developmental Constraints on the Representation of Spatial Relation Information: Evidence from Preverbal Infants

Developmental Constraints on the Representation of Spatial Relation Information: Evidence from Preverbal Infants

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(p.293) 19 Developmental Constraints on the Representation of Spatial Relation Information: Evidence from Preverbal Infants
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Functional Features in Language and Space
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PAUL C. QUINN

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264339.003.0019

This chapter reviews evidence that infants can form category representations for spatial relations such as Above, Below, and Between. It discusses two developmental changes. First, category representations for different spatial relations may emerge at different points during development. Second, category representations for spatial relations may initially be limited to the objects depicting relations, but later become more abstract so that various object can be presented in the same relation and the equivalence of the relation is maintained despite this variation. The results are discussed in terms of what versus where processing systems, and the role of language in binding together object and spatial relation information.

Keywords:   infants, category representations, object relation, spatial relation

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