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Understanding EventsFrom Perception to Action$
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Thomas F. Shipley and Jeffrey M. Zacks

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195188370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188370.001.0001

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Current Events: How Infants Parse the World and Events for Language

Current Events: How Infants Parse the World and Events for Language

(p.160) 7 Current Events: How Infants Parse the World and Events for Language
Understanding Events

Shannon M. Pruden

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

Roberta M. Golinkoff

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on what children need to know about events before they learn their first verbs and, more broadly, their first relational terms. Topics covered include when infants begin to perceive, process, and represent actions and spatial relations; the cues used to segment events into meaningful units; research on infants' ability to discriminate the semantic components containment, support, and degree of fit; research on infants' discrimination of path and manner; and factors that hinder or support infants' abstraction and categorization of spatial relations.

Keywords:   infants, actions, spatial relations, event perception, path, manner

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