Temporal reference in Chinese mother-child conversation: morphosyntactic, semantic and discourse-pragmatic resources.

Abstract

This paper explores two Mandarin-speaking children's (3;2 and 3;3) ability to refer to the past in mother-child conversation. The approach encompasses morphosyntactic, semantic and discourse-pragmatic perspectives. The results show that the children tend to refer to immediate past spontaneously, but rely heavily on elicitation when referring to earlier past… (More)

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