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ERIC Number: ED309620
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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The Linguistic Forms of the Request: How and When do Young Children Order or Suggest?
Bernicot, J.
A study designed to examine the variation that occurs in the request production of children between the ages of 6 and 7 observed the kind of requests children make, what they request, whom they ask, and how they formulate their ideas. Twenty native French-speaking children divided into two age groups (6- and 7-year-olds) were asked to complete two character comic strip stories in which the hero made a request to either a friend or an enemy. Requests were for either action or for information. In both age groups, children used direct form and embedded imperatives more often when the hero addressed a friend. The hero employed hints more frequently when he addressed the enemy. The 6-year olds produced more indirect utterances than did the 7-year-olds; however, the 7-year-olds evidenced a clear ability to produce a variety of reformulations. The report discusses the children's ability to link the linguistic form of request to the social features of production situation. (DJD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: France