Italian children's understanding of the epistemic and deontic modal verbs dovere (must) and potere (may).

@article{Bascelli2002ItalianCU,
  title={Italian children's understanding of the epistemic and deontic modal verbs dovere (must) and potere (may).},
  author={Elisabetta Bascelli and Maria Silvia Barbieri},
  journal={Journal of child language},
  year={2002},
  volume={29 1},
  pages={87-107}
}
This study assesses children's understanding of the Italian modal verbs dovere (must) and potere (may) in their dual function of qualification of the speaker's beliefs (epistemic modality) and behaviour regulation (deontic modality). 192 children and 60 adults participated in the experiment. Children aged 3;0 to 9;2 were presented with two tasks: one assessed their understanding of modal expressions in the epistemic domain--looking for an object by following the information contained in a… CONTINUE READING