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Title: Development of Geocentric Spatial Language and Cognition
Subtitle: An Eco-cultural Perspective
Written By: Pierre R. Dasen
Ramesh C. Mishra
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521191050
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Cognitive Science
Anthropological Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 052119105X
ISBN-13: 9780521191050
Pages: 408
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