When do children avoid backwards coreference ?*

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

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Abstract

This study investigated the claim that very young children avoid backwards coreference in their interpretation of sentences containing pronouns. Eighty-one children ranging in age from 3; 1 to 8;o and eight adults acted out four types of pronominal sentences. Cross-sectional data and individual response patterns reveal that children initially. prefer internal coreference even when such a response is disallowed for structural reasons. Avoidance of backwards coreference appears to be a late developing phenomenon characteristic of six-year-olds. Adult response patterns, which are manifested by some very young children, emerge as the dominant pattern by age seven.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-353
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Child Language
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1991

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Hsu, Jennifer Ryan ; Cairns, Helen Smith ; Eisenberg, Sarita ; Schlisselberg, Gloria. / When do children avoid backwards coreference ?*. In: Journal of Child Language. 1991 ; Vol. 18, No. 2. pp. 339-353.
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In: Journal of Child Language, Vol. 18, No. 2, 01.01.1991, p. 339-353.

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