Investigating Children's Language: A Comparison of Conversational Sampling and Elicited Production

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This report compared production of infinitival object complements during conversational language sampling to production on an elicitation task. Subjects included 25 children between the ages of 3;7 and 5;4. The children produced more two-noun infinitives and produced infinitives with more main verbs on the elicitation task. In the conversational samples, the children produced infinitives almost exclusively with early-appearing main verbs. These findings suggest that conversational language sampling may underestimate children's grammatical knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-538
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Psycholinguistic Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1997


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