Young children attribute normativity to novel actions without pedagogy or normative language.

@article{Schmidt2011YoungCA,
  title={Young children attribute normativity to novel actions without pedagogy or normative language.},
  author={Marco F H Schmidt and Hannes Rakoczy and Michael Tomasello},
  journal={Developmental science},
  year={2011},
  volume={14 3},
  pages={530-9}
}
Young children interpret some acts performed by adults as normatively governed, that is, as capable of being performed either rightly or wrongly. In previous experiments, children have made this interpretation when adults introduced them to novel acts with normative language (e.g. 'this is the way it goes'), along with pedagogical cues signaling culturally important information, and with social-pragmatic marking that this action is a token of a familiar type. In the current experiment, we… CONTINUE READING
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