Title

Bossy and Nice Requests: Children's Production and Interpretation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1986

Keywords

Syntactics, Age groups, Preschool children, Tone of voice, Age, Sex linked differences, Pragmatics, Social structures, Adults

Abstract

Explores the underlying knowledge that children have about the relationship between the structure of requests and the relative status of speakers and listeners. Shows that the three age groups (preschoolers, 5-year-olds, and 10-year-olds) could systematically differentiate the requests by means of syntactic directness or semantics.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, v. 32, no. 4, p. 393-413

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