Contrastive stress and children's interpretation of pronouns.

@article{Solan1980ContrastiveSA,
  title={Contrastive stress and children's interpretation of pronouns.},
  author={Lawrence M. Solan},
  journal={Journal of speech and hearing research},
  year={1980},
  volume={23 3},
  pages={
          688-98
        }
}
Contrastive stress signals the hearer that the speaker thinks that certain information is not shared by the speaker and hearer. In the case of stressed pronouns the speaker is signalling the inappropriateness of applying normal interpretive strategies. Children were presented with sentences such as John hit Bill and then he hit Sam. Surprisingly, it was found that when the pronoun was stressed the children performed better than when it was unstressed. It is argued that children are employing an… CONTINUE READING

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