Inversion of subject NP and aux in children's questions

David Ingram, Dorothy Tyack

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Abstract

Bellugi has proposed a stage of language acquisition in which children invert subject NP and Aux in yes-no but not wh questions. It was proposed that this stage would be found in a sampling of questions from young children. Cross-sectional samples of questions were collected from young children between 2:0 and 3:11. The results did not bear out this expectation. Based on percentages of inversion, none showed this stage. The results are discussed in terms of the importance of frequency in determining stages of acquisition and the use of children's data as psychological evidence for linguistic rules.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-341
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Psycholinguistic Research
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1979
Externally publishedYes

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Linguistics
language acquisition
Language
Psychology
linguistics
Young children
Inversion
evidence
Psychological
Wh-questions
Language Acquisition
Sampling

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  • Linguistics and Language
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Language and Linguistics

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Inversion of subject NP and aux in children's questions. / Ingram, David; Tyack, Dorothy.

In: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, Vol. 8, No. 4, 07.1979, p. 333-341.

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Ingram, David ; Tyack, Dorothy. / Inversion of subject NP and aux in children's questions. In: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. 1979 ; Vol. 8, No. 4. pp. 333-341.
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