Priming of Abstract Logical Representations in 4-year-olds

  title={Priming of Abstract Logical Representations in 4-year-olds},
    Though preschoolers in certain experimental contexts strongly prefer to interpret ambiguous sentences containing quantified NPs and negation on the basis of surface syntax (e.g., Musolino's (1998) " observation of isomorphism "), contextual manipulations can lead to more adult-like behavior. But is isomorphism a purely pragmatic phenomenon, as recently proposed? In Experiment 1, we begin by isolating the contextual factor responsible for children's improvement in Musolino and Lidz (2006). We… CONTINUE READING