By Pierre R. Dasen, Ramesh C. Mishra

Selfish spatial language makes use of coordinates on the subject of our physique to discuss small-scale house ('put the knife at the correct of the plate and the fork at the left'), whereas geocentric spatial language makes use of geographic coordinates ('put the knife to the east, and the fork to the west'). How do little ones learn how to use geocentric language? And why do geocentric spatial references sound unusual in English after they are normal perform in different languages? This e-book reports baby improvement in Bali, India, Nepal, and Switzerland and explores how kids discover ways to use a geocentric body either whilst conversing and acting non-verbal cognitive projects (such as remembering destinations and directions). The authors learn how those abilities enhance with age, examine the socio-cultural contexts during which the educational happens, and discover the ecological, cultural, social, and linguistic stipulations that favour using a geocentric body of reference.

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186) … These are thus indubitably Euclidean notions, which do not rely on a physical slope; they are used to establish spatial relationships even on completely flat terrain, even in the dark and at night. (p. 173) Thus, Tzeltal children seem to learn geocentric spatial language at the same time as topological/intrinsic language. The authors conclude: The pattern of acquisition of Tzeltal absolute and intrinsic forms seems to provide evidence against a universal course of acquisition for spatial language (based on a scale of cognitive complexity) in favour of a view that children are capable of learning cognitively complex frames of reference remarkably early, if this is what is used and what is useful in their language environment.

173) Thus, Tzeltal children seem to learn geocentric spatial language at the same time as topological/intrinsic language. The authors conclude: The pattern of acquisition of Tzeltal absolute and intrinsic forms seems to provide evidence against a universal course of acquisition for spatial language (based on a scale of cognitive complexity) in favour of a view that children are capable of learning cognitively complex frames of reference remarkably early, if this is what is used and what is useful in their language environment.

This hypothesis has continued to survive until today with recent empirical support for at least a moderate form of linguistic relativity (Gumperz & Levinson, 1996; Levinson, 2003; Levinson & Wilkins, 2006). This viewpoint suggests that language comes first and the concepts appear later. Theory and research questions 31 The opposite position is taken by the cognitive scientists who believe that concepts have an independent existence, and their acquisition does not require construction through language.

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