Control and Coreference in Early Child Language
This study investigated the relationship between control and coreference using an act-out task involving 81 children ranging in age from 3; 1 to 8;o and eight adults ranging in age from 30 to 55. The results replicated previous findings in revealing five developmental stages in children's interpretation of PRO, an empty pronominal element. A significant relationship was observed in the patterns of children's interpretation of forwards sentences containing PRO and those containing overt pronouns. However, there was no relationship in the development of restrictions on control and restrictions on coreference.
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Hsu, Jennifer Ryan; Cairns, Helen Smith; Eisenberg, Sarita; and Schlisselberg, Gloria, "Control and Coreference in Early Child Language" (1989). Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works. 24.