ERIC Number: ED233581
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Semantics of a Child's Use of Reflexives in Spanish.
A case study of the use of reflexive constructions by a Spanish-speaking child from age 2;5.2 to 3;5.2 is presented. Sixty hours of audiotaped utterances were recorded monthly over a one year period. The utterances are analyzed in terms of self-induced actions, impersonal constructions, and two-argument predicates. The data show the regular occurrence of adult reflexive patterns in the child's speech but with errors and restricted uses that indicate incomplete comprehension of the constructions. It is suggested that by age 3;6, the child is using reflexive constructions with only a prototypical meaning. This prototypical usage represents the first developmental stage in the use of the reflexive, the primary function of which is to denote an entity affected by the action mentioned in the verb. However, further meanings of the reflexive which establish a speaker perspective on an event are not fully understood at this stage. (RW)
PRCLD, Department of Linguistics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 ($12.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Dept. of Linguistics.
Note: In its: Papers and Reports on Child Language Development, Volume 22, p92-99, July 1983. Paper presented at the Annual Stanford Child Language Research Forum (14th, Stanford, CA, March 1983).