Étude développementale de l'interprétation de combinaisons conceptuelles nominales "Relation" et Propriété


  • Jhean-Larose Sandra
  • Denhière Guy
  • Lecoutre Bruno


  • Combinaison conceptuelle
  • Relation
  • Propriété
  • Interprétation
  • Développement

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The present research addresses how people interpret novel noun–noun conceptual combinations. First, we focused on two types of conceptual combinations: property and relational combinations. Secondly, we manipulated the order of the constituents. Finally, we studied if the interpretation in terms of “Property” or “Relation” changes along with age. So, four groups of 6-, 8- and 10-year-old children and adults participated in a production task. Our results indicated that the interpretations in terms of relation were more frequent for the “Relation” combinations compared to the “Property” ones. Property-transferring interpretations increased with age when Property combinations are presented. The most frequent interpretations followed the order Head noun–Modifier, which is opposite to the order observed in English.

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