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ERIC Number: ED222050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Children's Interpretation of Sentence-Internal Anaphora.
Deutsch, Werner; Koster, Jan
The acquisition of two types of anaphora, reflexive and non-reflexive personal pronouns, was investigated. It was hypothesized that the two types of anaphora are acquired at different developmental stages. The three experiments involved Dutch children of age 6 and 7 and adults. Interpretations of sentences containing third person reflexive pronouns, sentences containing non-reflexive third person pronouns, and series of randomly arranged sentences containing either type of pronoun were tested. The 6-year-olds were unable to correctly interpret anaphoric pronouns when both types of pronouns were presented. The 7-year-olds were able to interpret reflexive pronouns but not the non-reflexive pronouns. The results provide some evidence that the discovery of the relationship between a reflexive pronoun and its antecedent is easier than that of a non-reflexive anaphoric pronoun and its antecedent. References are appended. (RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Dept. of Linguistics.
Note: In its: Papers and Reports on Child Language Development, Number 21, p39-45.