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Cross-cultural similarities in category structure

Schunn, CD and Vera, AH (2004) Cross-cultural similarities in category structure. Thinking and Reasoning, 10 (3). 273 - 287. ISSN 1354-6783

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Categories, as mental structures, are more than simply sums of property frequencies. A number of recent studies have supported the view that the properties of categories may be organised along functional lines and possibly dependency structures more generally. The study presented here investigates whether earlier findings reflect something unique in the English language/North American culture or whether the functional structuring of categories is a more universal phenomenon. A population of English-speaking Americans was compared to a population of Cantonese-speaking Hong Kong Chinese. The findings clearly support the view that functional influences on category centrality are universal (or at least common to Cantonese-speaking Hong Kong Chinese and English-speaking Americans), albeit with specific cross-cultural/cross- linguistic group differences in the particular properties that are considered central to categories.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schunn, CDschunn@pitt.eduSCHUNN0000-0003-3589-297X
Vera, AH
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Learning Research & Development Center
Date: 1 August 2004
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Thinking and Reasoning
Volume: 10
Number: 3
Page Range: 273 - 287
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/13546780442000097
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1354-6783
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2014 15:07
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2018 13:00


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