Control and coreference in early child language

Jennifer Ryan Hsu, Helen Smith Cairns, Sarita Eisenberg, Gloria Schlisselberg

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This study investigated the relationship between control and coreference using an act-out task involving 81 children ranging in age from 3; 1 to 8;o and eight adults ranging in age from 30 to 55. The results replicated previous findings in revealing five developmental stages in children's interpretation of PRO, an empty pronominal element. A significant relationship was observed in the patterns of children's interpretation of forwards sentences containing PRO and those containing overt pronouns. However, there was no relationship in the development of restrictions on control and restrictions on coreference.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-622
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Child Language
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 1989


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