ERIC Number: ED335894
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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WH-Questions and Extraction from Temporal Adjuncts: A Case for Movement.
Goodluck, Helen; And Others
A study investigated young children's knowledge of the constraint that prevents questioning from a position inside a temporal adjunct: i.e., knowledge of the ungrammaticality of a question such as "Who did Fred kiss Sue before hugging...?" Subjects were 30 children aged 3 to 5 years, who listened to stories accompanied by pictures and were asked potentially ambiguous questions in which the "wh-" word could be taken to refer to either the object of the main clause or the object of an embedded clause. Results indicate that children as young as 3 years old are aware of this "island" constraint, suggesting that they have movement in syntax and have, by this stage, formed a grammar similar to that of adults in one fundamental aspect. (MSE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Wh Questions
Note: In: Papers and Reports on Child Language Development, Number 28, p123-130, Aug 1989. For the proceedings, see FL 019 336.