A CROSS‐CULTURAL STUDY OF SYMBOLIC MEANING–DEVELOPMENTAL ASPECTS

Alexander Z. Guiora, Abraham Sagi

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    Abstract

    Twenty three Israeli kindergarteners and sixteen Israeli college students were tested on a variant of the Semantic Differential Test developed by Guiora (1976) to test the hypothesis that young Israeli children, like adults, are not influenced by the prevalence of grammatical gender in the language but ascribe sexual meanings to the test words based on their assumed connotative values. The results bore out the original hypothesis, suggesting that whatever the cognitive processes are that underlie the development of the capacity to resolve seemingly conflicting information in favor of the more salient feature, e.g. meaning, they seem to be in place by the time the child reaches five years of age.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)381-386
    Number of pages6
    JournalLanguage Learning
    Volume28
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 1978

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language

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