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Development of Geocentric Spatial Language and Cognition: An Eco-cultural Perspective

by Pierre R. Dasen,Ramesh C. Mishra

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Egocentric spatial language uses coordinates in relation to our body to talk about small-scale space (‘put the knife on the right of the plate and the fork on the left'), while geocentric spatial language uses geographic coordinates (‘put the knife to the east, and the fork to the west'). How do children learn to use geocentric language? And why do geocentric spatial references sound strange in English when they are standard practice in other languages? This book studies child development in Bali, India, Nepal, and Switzerland and explores how children learn to use a geocentric frame both when speaking and performing non-verbal cognitive tasks (such as remembering locations and directions). The authors examine how these skills develop with age, look at the socio-cultural contexts in which the learning takes place, and explore the ecological, cultural, social, and linguistic conditions that favor the use of a geocentric frame of reference. Contents Part I. Introduction and Methods: 1. Theory and research questions 2. Methods 3. Settings Part II. Results: 4. Pilot study in Bali and first study (India and Nepal, 1999–2000) 5. Returning to Bali: main study 2002–2007 6. Varanasi 7. Kathmandu 8. Panditpur 9. Geneva Part III. Additional Studies: 10. Spatial language addressed to children 11. Geocentric gestures before language? 12. Spatial organization schemes 13. Neurophysiological correlates of geocentric space 14. Geocentric dead reckoning Part IV. Conclusions: 15. Discussion and conclusions Appendix 1. Summary of instructions, questionnaires, and coding schemes Appendix 2. Examples of language in each location Appendix 3. Extracts from school manuals.

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Development of Geocentric Spatial Language and Cognition: An Eco-cultural Perspective
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Pierre R. Dasen,Ramesh C. Mishra
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Cambridge University Press
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16 X 24 cm
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1 kg
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71 b/w Illustrations & 100 tables

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