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Article: Predicting the development of interrogative forms and functions in early years: a corpus-based study of Mandarin-speaking young children

TitlePredicting the development of interrogative forms and functions in early years: a corpus-based study of Mandarin-speaking young children
Authors
Issue Date2016
PublisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=JCL
Citation
Journal of Child Language, 2016 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study examined the development of and possible predictors of interrogative forms and functions in early childhood Mandarin. All the interrogatives drawn from the Early Child Mandarin Corpus (168 children 2;6, 3;6, 4;6, and 5;6) were analyzed. The main results indicated that (i) there were significant age effects in interrogative forms and functions, with the periods between the ages of 3;6 and 4;6 and between the ages of 2;6 and 3;6 being critical in the early acquisition of interrogative forms and functions, respectively; (ii) the form–function preference was verified, with wh-questions being primarily used to seek information (RfI), and intonation/echo and rhetorical questions being used to request action (RfA); (iii) more than half (59·5%) of the Mandarin interrogatives were used for RfI, whereas only 38·9% of them were used for RfA; and (iv) age, TV viewing time, and parent–child conversation time were the significant predictors of interrogative development.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/229522
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.174
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.787

 

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dc.contributor.authorLi, H-
dc.contributor.authorJing, M-
dc.contributor.authorWong, ECM-
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-23T14:11:40Z-
dc.date.available2016-08-23T14:11:40Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Child Language, 2016-
dc.identifier.issn0305-0009-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/229522-
dc.description.abstractThis study examined the development of and possible predictors of interrogative forms and functions in early childhood Mandarin. All the interrogatives drawn from the Early Child Mandarin Corpus (168 children 2;6, 3;6, 4;6, and 5;6) were analyzed. The main results indicated that (i) there were significant age effects in interrogative forms and functions, with the periods between the ages of 3;6 and 4;6 and between the ages of 2;6 and 3;6 being critical in the early acquisition of interrogative forms and functions, respectively; (ii) the form–function preference was verified, with wh-questions being primarily used to seek information (RfI), and intonation/echo and rhetorical questions being used to request action (RfA); (iii) more than half (59·5%) of the Mandarin interrogatives were used for RfI, whereas only 38·9% of them were used for RfA; and (iv) age, TV viewing time, and parent–child conversation time were the significant predictors of interrogative development.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=JCL-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Child Language-
dc.rightsJournal of Child Language. Copyright © Cambridge University Press.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titlePredicting the development of interrogative forms and functions in early years: a corpus-based study of Mandarin-speaking young children-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLi, H: huili@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailJing, M: jingmg@HKUCC-COM.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityLi, H=rp00926-
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0305000916000088-
dc.identifier.hkuros259869-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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