Clauses are perceptual units for young infants

@article{HirshPasek1987ClausesAP,
  title={Clauses are perceptual units for young infants},
  author={Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Deborah G. Kemler Nelson and Peter W. Jusczyk and Kimberly Wright Cassidy and Benjamin Druss and Lori J. Kennedy},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={1987},
  volume={26},
  pages={269-286}
}
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