This paper attempts to look at how children perceive duration, in their language. Some of the questions explored focus on the relative and lexical sense of duration, with respect to Malayalam language. Duration is often difficult to perceive except for the clock measurements. Even though adults use the lexical terms, ‘seconds’ and ‘minutes’ in their day to day conversations, they might not refer to the exact duration but a subjective estimate. Thus, this paper tries to see how in such a scenario, do children understand and make meaning of duration in their language. Two tasks were administered to identify the understanding of duration in children.
Keywords : Duration, Time, Cognition, Language Acquisition.