16/01/2004 Psychology
DOI: 10.1515/IRAL.2004.005 SemanticScholar ID: 144550245 MAG: 2051666832

A Fresh Look at How Young Children Encode New Referents.

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This paper examines the evidence used to support the claim that children initially do not encode new referents like adults do (e.g., Maratsos 1974; Warden 1976; Emslie and Stevenson 1981; Hickmann et al. 1996). It argues that a better understanding of the information structure of the target language forces a reinterpretation of previous experimental results in the sense that children comply with the adult requirements more than has been assumed. The discussion is based on a detailed examination of how new information is encoded in spoken French.

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Prof. Cécile De Cat

University of Leeds - Professor of Linguistics

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