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ERIC Number: EJ663343
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 2002
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ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Children's Interpretation of Generic Noun Phrases.
Hollander, Michelle A.; Gelman, Susan A.; Star, Jon
Developmental Psychology, v38 n6 p883-94 Nov 2002
Two studies used a comprehension task and an elicited production task to examine whether preschool children and adults appreciated the semantic properties of generic utterances. Findings indicated that in both tasks, 4-year-olds and adults treated generics ("bears live in caves") as distinct from both indefinites ("some") and universal quantifiers ("all"). Three-year-olds did not differentiate among generics "all" and "some." By age 4, generics emerged as a distinct semantic device. (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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