Young children's acquisition of wh-questions: the role of structured input.

@article{Valian2003YoungCA,
  title={Young children's acquisition of wh-questions: the role of structured input.},
  author={Virginia V. Valian and L. Casey},
  journal={Journal of child language},
  year={2003},
  volume={30 1},
  pages={117-43}
}
Two-year-olds learn language quickly but how they exploit adult input remains obscure. Twenty-nine children aged 2;6 to 3;2, divided into three treatment groups, participated in an intervention experiment consisting of four sessions 1 week apart. Pre- and post-intervention sessions were identical for all children: children heard a wh-question and attempted to repeat it; a 'talking bear' answered. That same format was used for the two intervention sessions for children in a quasicontrol… CONTINUE READING
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