Published online by Cambridge University Press: 26 September 2008
Three- and four-year-old children were tested on their comprehension of the locative prepositions in front of, in back of, ahead of, and behind. Results demonstrated that those prepositions characterized as positive by H. Clark (1973) were, contrary to theoretical predictions, comprehended more poorly than their ostensibly negative counterparts. Discussion of the possible reasons for these findings is included.
Thanks to Judith Rae Johnston, who read and commented upon an earlier draft of this paper. Address correspondence to: G. G. Abkarian, Department of Communication Disorders, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado 80526, U.S.A.