Bossy and Nice Requests: Children's Production and Interpretation
Syntactics, Age groups, Preschool children, Tone of voice, Age, Sex linked differences, Pragmatics, Social structures, Adults
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.
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Citation / Publisher Attribution
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, v. 32, no. 4, p. 393-413
Scholar Commons Citation
Bryant, Judith B., "Bossy and Nice Requests: Children's Production and Interpretation" (1986). Psychology Faculty Publications. 1207.