ERIC Number: ED294461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
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Tutorial Questions in Caretaker Speech.
Statistical analyses of the incidence of "what"-questions requiring variably complex responses are presented. The responses were asked of a bilingual child by different sets of caretakers in English and German over a one-year period starting at age 16 months. Results show that the caretakers' questions are geared first toward the child's production of noun phrases (NPs), then of verb phrases (VPs), and finally of full sentences (S). Furthermore, within questions calling for NP responses, questions to be answered with simple NPs precede questions requiring complex NP responses and questions containing the copula precede questions containing a wide variety of lexical verbs. In terms of both the child's production and comprehension abilities, both sets of caretakers systematically shift their questions from the simple to the more complex over time. Four pages of references, eight tables, and four figures are included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (San Francisco, CA, December 27-30, 1987).