268 , 2016-03-31 , 東京大学大学院教育学研究科 , The Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo , 東京大学大学院教育学研究科教育心理学コース
Young children apply some emotion words to too wide range of situations or facial expressions, and use other emotion words too narrowly. To explore whether the way in which children overextend/underextend emotion words is influenced by mothers’ use of those words, the present study analyzed mothers’ talk to their 15- to 18-month-old children. Mothers were asked to explain to their children the feelings of the character in stories or those of the model with particular facial expressions. The results indicated that mothers’ use of emotion words is partly related to children’s application pattern of those words.