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ERIC Number: EJ776016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 25
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8333
Catalan Children's Sensitivity to the Discourse Constraints Imposed by Different Kinds of Question
Prat-Sala, Merce; Hahn, Ulrike
Language Learning, v57 n3 p443-467 Sep 2007
In an investigation of discourse sensitivity, Catalan-speaking children aged 4 to 8 years were asked two different questions in a picture description task. One was a wide-focus question ("What is happening?"); the other was a narrow-focus question ("What is happening to 'the patient'?"). Children of all age groups displayed sensitivity to the various discourse constraints imposed by the two different questions, responding both with changes to word order and with changes in use of referential expressions. However, there was evidence of a developmental change between 4 and 5 years of age. The possible causes of this change are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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