ERIC Number: ED183009
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
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On the Production of Comparative Structures in Child Speech. Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 4, Number 1.
Gathercole, Virginia C.
Two children's spontaneous utterances containing the comparative structure are examined for their semantic content. Many comparatives are found to encode the notion "A has property X," and this use is often found in reference to the presence of X to an extreme, rather than a non-extreme, extent. The uses of the comparative are analyzed in relation to the same two children's uses of "too X" for "A is (very) X" and of simple adjectives to encode "A is X enough." The findings reported for these structures correlate well with data found in previous studies on the comprehension of the comparative and similar structures. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Dept. of Linguistics.