Friday, January 25, 2008

Red fish, blue fish - How kids identify objects

Curious Boy is going through a dramatic language explosion, in both French and English.  One thing that has struck me though, is his choice of words to describe various objects.  It turns out that I'm not the only person who finds this interesting.  Cognitive Daily has a 
post elaborating on research into the word choices that children make when asked to locate an object.  

The research shows that kids start with simple, obvious identifiers like colour and move to more complex ones (like location) as they age.  There is a marked progression from colour to location between the ages of 3 and 4.  In perspective, adults almost always use location to identify an object.

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