ERIC Number: EJ818485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
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The Role of Evidentiality in Bulgarian Children's Reliability Judgments
Fitneva, Stanka A.
Journal of Child Language, v35 n4 p845-868 Nov 2008
Evidentials are grammatical source-of-knowledge markers. In Bulgarian they provide information about authorship--whether the speaker has personally acquired the information or not--and modality--whether perceptual or cognitive mechanisms were involved in the information's generation. In two experiments, Bulgarian kindergarteners and third-graders (ages 6 and 9, N = 96) had to decide which one of two utterances containing different evidentials to believe. Experiment 1 showed that children draw on modality information in their decisions: Third-graders favored perceptual over cognitive and kindergartners cognitive over perceptual sources. Experiment 2 showed that third-graders can also draw on the authorship information carried by evidentials: they favored first- over second-hand information. The discussion focuses on understanding the development of children's use of evidentials.
Descriptors: Slavic Languages, Grammar, Kindergarten, Grade 3, Language Acquisition, Child Language, Perception, Cognitive Processes, Language Usage
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Grade 3; Kindergarten
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