Object categorisation using malay shape-based numeral classifiers

Khazriyati Salehuddin, Heather Winskel

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Abstract

Categorisation is fundamental in human cognition and language development. Crosslinguistic studies on categorisation propose numeral classifiers as a linguistic manifestation of human categorisation and conceptualisation. Thus, studies on numeral classifier acquisition enable researchers to examine how children learn to categorise objects in their environment using a constrained framework, and how this ability becomes more refined as children grow older. This study investigated the strategies children utilise in categorising objects into eight Malay shape-based numeral classifier categories using a paired discrimination task. One-hundred-and-forty-eight children ranging in age from 6 to 9 years and a comparison group of adults participated in this study. Results revealed that children categorised objects more readily when there was a strong (two-perceptual feature distinction) than weak (one-perceptual feature distinction) contrast, and when exemplars were typical rather than atypical. There appears to be a gradual transition from a perceptually biased to a broader, more rule-based system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-68
Number of pages16
JournalGEMA Online Journal of Language Studies
Volume11
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Keywords

  • Children
  • Cognition
  • Conceptualisation
  • Perception
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Object categorisation using malay shape-based numeral classifiers. / Salehuddin, Khazriyati; Winskel, Heather.

In: GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2011, p. 53-68.

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