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ERIC Number: EJ777536
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
"I'm Sorry I Said That": Apologies in Young Children's Discourse
Ely, Richard; Gleason, Jean Berko
Journal of Child Language, v33 n3 p599-620 Aug 2006
We examined children's use of apology terms in parent-child discourse. Longitudinal data from 9 children (5 males, 4 females) between the ages of 1;2 and 6;1 were analysed. Before 2;0, the use of apology terms was rare. Thereafter, several developmental trends were noted including a decrease with age in directly elicited apologies and an increase in indirectly elicited apologies. With age children's apologies also became more elaborate. Children were exposed to apology terms primarily through apologies directed to them and, to a lesser degree, in talk about apologies. Our study documents young children's early mastery of an important pragmatic skill and identifies parents' role in its acquisition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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