Acquisition of generic noun phrases in Chinese: learning about lions without an '-s'.

@article{Tardif2012AcquisitionOG,
  title={Acquisition of generic noun phrases in Chinese: learning about lions without an '-s'.},
  author={Twila Tardif and Susan A Gelman and Xiaolan Fu and Liqi Zhu},
  journal={Journal of child language},
  year={2012},
  volume={39 1},
  pages={130-61}
}
English-speaking children understand and produce generic expressions in the preschool years, but there are cross-linguistic differences in how generics are expressed. Three studies examined interpretation of generic noun phrases in three- to seven-year-old child (N=192) and adult speakers (N=163) of Mandarin Chinese. Contrary to suggestions by Bloom (1981), Chinese-speaking adults honor a clear distinction between generics (expressed as bare NPs) and other quantified expressions ('all'/suo3you3… CONTINUE READING
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