Are Chinese and German children taxonomic, thematic, or shape biased? Influence of classifiers and cultural contexts

Mutsumi Imai, Henrik Saalbach, Elsbeth Stern

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This paper explores the effect of classifiers on young children's conceptual structures. For this purpose we studied Mandarin Chinese- and German-speaking 3- and 5-year-olds on non-lexical classification, novel-noun label extension, and inductive inference of novel properties. Some effect of the classifier system was found in Chinese children, but this effect was observed only in a non-lexical categorization task. In the label extension and property generalization tasks, children of the two language groups show strikingly similar behavior. The implications of the results for theories of the relation between language and thought as well as cultural influence on thought are discussed.

本文言語English
論文番号Article 194
ジャーナルFrontiers in Psychology
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出版ステータスPublished - 2010

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  • Psychology(all)

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