• Psychology
  • Published 2014

Mandarin-speaking children’s pronoun interpretation

  title={Mandarin-speaking children’s pronoun interpretation},
  author={Ying Hao and Li Sheng and Liqun Gao},
Acquisition data from English-speaking children reveal the Delay of Principle B Effect (the DPBE): pronouns (e.g. him) are misinterpreted as reflexives (e.g. himself) in sentences like “The boy sprayed him” as late as age 6;6. However, when the referential antecedent is quantified as in “Every boy sprayed him”, the delay disappears. This is often referred to as the Quantificational Asymmetry (the QA). In the present study, we were interested in 1) whether or not Mandarin-speaking children… CONTINUE READING