Interpretation of relative clauses by young children: Another look

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Abstract

Interpretation of relative clauses sentences was investigated by having sixteen children between the ages of 3; 5 and 4 ; 6 act out sentences within four conditions that varied the number of potential referents for each noun within the sentence. No difference in interpretation accuracy was found between felicitous and infelicitous conditions or between biased and neutral conditions. This result raises problems for the view that children of this age know the pragmatic principles for interpreting relative clauses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-188
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Child Language
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 19 Aug 2002

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