Experimental Manipulation of the Production of Active and Passive Voice in Children

  title={Experimental Manipulation of the Production of Active and Passive Voice in Children},
  author={E. A. Turner and R. Rommetveit},
  journal={Language and Speech},
  pages={169 - 180}
Two experiments were carried out in an attempt to manipulate the voice in which children encoded a denotative domain of events. In Experiment I the direction in which the child visually scanned a picture was varied ; in Experiment II the child's " focus of attention " was manipulated through the type of question asked of him about a picture. In general, when the acted-upon element or recipient of the action, as opposed to the actor, was presented first (Exp. I), or emphasized through… Expand

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