The Cultural Transmission of Spatial Cognition: Evidence from a Large-scale Study

@inproceedings{Bohnemeyer2014TheCT,
  title={The Cultural Transmission of Spatial Cognition: Evidence from a Large-scale Study},
  author={J{\"u}rgen Bohnemeyer and Katharine Donelson and Randi Tucker and Elena Benedicto and Alejandra Capistr{\'a}n Garza and Alyson Eggleston and N{\'e}stor Hern{\'a}ndez Green and Mar{\'i}a de Jes{\'u}s Selene Hern{\'a}ndez G{\'o}mez and Samuel Herrera Castro and Carolyn O'Meara},
  booktitle={CogSci},
  year={2014}
}
We present the results of two studies of the use of spatial reference frames in speakers of 11 linguistic varieties. A series of mixed-models linear regression analyses of the responses to a referential communication task shows the significant factors in predicting frame use to be the participants’ first and second-language, their literacy, the local topography and population density. This suggests that language can play an irreducible role in the transmission of practices of spatial reference… CONTINUE READING

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