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Academic Paper

Title: Wh-Questions are understood before polar-questions: Evidence from English, German, and Chinese
Author: Sara MORADLOU
Author: Xiaobei ZHENG
Author: Ye TIAN
Author: Jonathan GINZBURG
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition
Subject Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Abstract: In this paper we consider the order of emergence of comprehension of wh-questions and polar-questions. We argue that considerations of complexity and input favour the earlier emergence of polar questions; on the other hand, if one assumes that question understanding emerges as a consequence of interactive learning this favours (certain) wh-questions, as well as a small subclass of polar questions. We offer corpus evidence from the Providence corpus that (a certain class of) wh-questions are in fact understood earlier than the polar-questions. We test this observation using elicitation studies on German and Chinese speaking children. Our results confirm the finding from the corpus study and are in line with an interactive learning perspective for the emergence of understanding of questions.


This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 48, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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