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Children's memory for counting-out rhymes: A cross-language comparison

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Rubin, DC; Ciobanu, V; Langston, W
Published in: Psychonomic Bulletin and Review
January 1, 1997

In English, counting-out rhymes, such as "Eenie Meenie," vary little over retellings. Recall is not rote but is sensitive to the structure of the genre. To test the generality of this finding, a sample of Romanian rhymes was collected. Although there was no overlap with the English rhymes, the corpus of rhymes collected had similar structure in terms of number of lines, repeating words, rhyme, alliteration, and the inclusion of nonsense words. Variation within rhymes preserved the poetic structure of the genre. The results suggest that verbatim recall can be schema driven if there is sufficient structure.

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Psychonomic Bulletin and Review

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1069-9384

Publication Date

January 1, 1997

Volume

4

Issue

3

Start / End Page

421 / 424

Related Subject Headings

  • Experimental Psychology
  • 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology
  • 1702 Cognitive Sciences
  • 1701 Psychology
 

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Rubin, D. C., Ciobanu, V., & Langston, W. (1997). Children's memory for counting-out rhymes: A cross-language comparison. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 4(3), 421–424. https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03210804
Rubin, D. C., V. Ciobanu, and W. Langston. “Children's memory for counting-out rhymes: A cross-language comparison.” Psychonomic Bulletin and Review 4, no. 3 (January 1, 1997): 421–24. https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03210804.
Rubin DC, Ciobanu V, Langston W. Children's memory for counting-out rhymes: A cross-language comparison. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. 1997 Jan 1;4(3):421–4.
Rubin, D. C., et al. “Children's memory for counting-out rhymes: A cross-language comparison.” Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, vol. 4, no. 3, Jan. 1997, pp. 421–24. Scopus, doi:10.3758/BF03210804.
Rubin DC, Ciobanu V, Langston W. Children's memory for counting-out rhymes: A cross-language comparison. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. 1997 Jan 1;4(3):421–424.
Journal cover image

Published In

Psychonomic Bulletin and Review

DOI

ISSN

1069-9384

Publication Date

January 1, 1997

Volume

4

Issue

3

Start / End Page

421 / 424

Related Subject Headings

  • Experimental Psychology
  • 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology
  • 1702 Cognitive Sciences
  • 1701 Psychology