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What's mine is mine: twelve-month-olds use possessive pronouns to identify referents.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21676104     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This research investigated 12-month-olds' ability to use person-specific language to determine to which of several absent things a person is referring. Infants were introduced to two experimenters who played separately with a different ball. One researcher asked infants to retrieve her object when both balls were hidden. Infants selected the correct object when researchers used the pronoun my, but failed to do so when the was used. The present research provides the first evidence of 12-month-olds' comprehension of possessive pronouns and indicates that infants use person-specific language to resolve reference.
Megan M Saylor; Patricia A Ganea; Maria D Vázquez
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-03-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental science     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1467-7687     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Sci     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-06-16     Completed Date:  2011-12-19     Revised Date:  2013-04-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9814574     Medline TA:  Dev Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  859-64     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Department of Psychology and Human Development, Vanderbilt University, USA.
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Child Language*
Erratum In:
Dev Sci. 2013 Mar;16(2):325

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