Initial verbs of yeso questions: A different kind of general grammatical category

Stan A. Kuczaj, Michael P Maratsos

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Abstract

The nature of grammatical categories has long been a subject of dispute for theorists of language development, just as the nature of concepts has long been a concern for theorists of cognitive development. 16 children were examined in the present study to determine their knowledge of placement privileges of auxiliary verb forms in yes-no questions. The purpose was to specify the grammatical category (if any) the auxiliary verb forms constituted early in development. Results suggest that the category of concern is a peculiar mixture of general and specific knowledge. Implications for theories of language and cognitive development are considered. (21 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)440-444
Number of pages5
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 1983

Keywords

  • knowledge of placement privileges of auxiliary verbs in yes-no questions, 2.4-5.5 yr olds

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