Children's Interpretation of Quantification: Their wh-constructions
by Taisuke Nishigauchi
The present article reports the results of the pilot experiments
conducted to explore the nature of wh-constructions in child
language. The results reported here are summarised as follows:
Some discussion will be presented to show that these results are
consistent with the hypothesis that wh-phrases in child grammar are
interpreted as the universal quantifier.
- Pair-list answers to multiple wh-questions form a dominant
pattern, and in this respect majority of the children observed
in the present research exhibited the adult pattern.
- Children's tendency to answer a wh-question using a list,
more often than adults would, which was pointed out by RdV's
experimental study, also prevailed in the present study.
- The result of the interview presented in 4.1 is
suggestive of the quality of wh-phrases in child language
having the universal quantificational force.
- In all of the interviews testing multiple wh-questions,
children's response answering only the object wh was
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