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Author Dasen, P. R.

Title Development of geocentric spatial language and cognition : an eco-cultural perspective / Pierre R. Dasen and Ramesh C. Mishra.

Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.

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Description 1 online resource (xx, 388 pages) : illustrations.
Series Cambridge studies in cognitive and perceptual development ; 12
Cambridge studies in cognitive perceptual development ; 12.
Summary "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 favour the use of a geocentric frame of reference"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Theory and research questions -- Methods -- Settings -- Pilot study in Bali and first study (India and Nepal, 1999-2000) -- Returning to Bali: main study 2002-2007 -- Varanasi -- Kathmandu -- Panditpur -- Geneva -- Spatial language addressed to children -- Geocentric gestures before language? -- Spatial organization schemes -- Neurophysiological correlates of geocentric space -- Geocentric dead reckoning -- Discussion and conclusions -- Summary of instructions, questionnaires, and coding schemes -- Examples of language in each location -- Extracts from school manuals.
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Subject Child development -- Cross-cultural studies.
Space and time in language.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Cross-cultural studies.
Added Author Mishra, Ramesh Chandra, 1952-
Other Form: Print version: Dasen, P.R. Development of geocentric spatial language and cognition. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010 9780521191050 (DLC) 2010023743 (OCoLC)601112907
ISBN 9780511918261 (electronic bk.)
0511918267 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 9786612818042