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  Spatial metaphor in language can promote the development of cross-modal mappings in children

Shayan, S., Ozturk, O., Bowerman, M., & Majid, A. (2014). Spatial metaphor in language can promote the development of cross-modal mappings in children. Developmental Science, 17(4), 636-643. doi:10.1111/desc.12157.

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Shayan, Shakila1, Author           
Ozturk, Ozge2, Author           
Bowerman, Melissa2, Author           
Majid, Asifa3, 4, 5, Author           
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1The Language Archive, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society, ou_530892              
2Language Acquisition Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society, ou_792546              
3Language and Cognition Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society, ou_792548              
4Center for Language Studies , External Organizations, ou_55238              
5Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, External Organizations, ou_55236              

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 Abstract: Pitch is often described metaphorically: for example, Farsi and Turkish speakers use a ‘thickness’ metaphor (low sounds are ‘thick’ and high sounds are ‘thin’), while German and English speakers use a height metaphor (‘low’, ‘high’). This study examines how child and adult speakers of Farsi, Turkish, and German map pitch and thickness using a cross-modal association task. All groups, except for German children, performed significantly better than chance. German-speaking adults’ success suggests the pitch-to-thickness association can be learned by experience. But the fact that German children were at chance indicates that this learning takes time. Intriguingly, Farsi and Turkish children's performance suggests that learning cross-modal associations can be boosted through experience with consistent metaphorical mappings in the input language

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2011201320142014
 Publication Status: Issued
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1111/desc.12157
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Title: Developmental Science
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 17 (4) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 636 - 643 Identifier: ISSN: 1363-755X
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/963018343339