Children's Knowledge of the Quantifier Dou in Mandarin Chinese

Peng Zhou, Stephen Crain

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Abstract

The quantifier dou (roughly corresponding to English 'all') in Mandarin Chinese has been the topic of much discussion in the theoretical literature. This study investigated children's knowledge of this quantifier using a new methodological technique, which we dubbed the Question-Statement Task. Three questions were addressed: (i) whether young Mandarin-speaking children know that dou is a universal quantifier that quantifies over the elements to its left, (ii) whether they know that dou is an adverb of quantification (Q-adverb) which can (unselectively) bind any variable in its domain, and (iii) whether they know that dou can quantify over wh-words. The main finding was that, by age four, Mandarin-speaking children have the relevant knowledge. The results reflect the early availability of adult-like linguistic knowledge of dou-quantification.

LanguageEnglish
Pages155-176
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Psycholinguistic Research
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

Fingerprint

quantification
speaking
Linguistics
linguistics
Adverb
Quantifiers
Mandarin Chinese
Quantification
Linguistic Knowledge
Universal Quantifier
Child Studies
literature

Cite this

@article{ef1600f9359c46a78deadbe828b25ef3,
title = "Children's Knowledge of the Quantifier Dou in Mandarin Chinese",
abstract = "The quantifier dou (roughly corresponding to English 'all') in Mandarin Chinese has been the topic of much discussion in the theoretical literature. This study investigated children's knowledge of this quantifier using a new methodological technique, which we dubbed the Question-Statement Task. Three questions were addressed: (i) whether young Mandarin-speaking children know that dou is a universal quantifier that quantifies over the elements to its left, (ii) whether they know that dou is an adverb of quantification (Q-adverb) which can (unselectively) bind any variable in its domain, and (iii) whether they know that dou can quantify over wh-words. The main finding was that, by age four, Mandarin-speaking children have the relevant knowledge. The results reflect the early availability of adult-like linguistic knowledge of dou-quantification.",
author = "Peng Zhou and Stephen Crain",
year = "2011",
month = "6",
doi = "10.1007/s10936-010-9161-z",
language = "English",
volume = "40",
pages = "155--176",
journal = "Journal of Psycholinguistic Research",
issn = "0090-6905",
publisher = "Springer, Springer Nature",
number = "3",

}

Children's Knowledge of the Quantifier Dou in Mandarin Chinese. / Zhou, Peng; Crain, Stephen.

In: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, Vol. 40, No. 3, 06.2011, p. 155-176.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Children's Knowledge of the Quantifier Dou in Mandarin Chinese

AU - Zhou, Peng

AU - Crain, Stephen

PY - 2011/6

Y1 - 2011/6

N2 - The quantifier dou (roughly corresponding to English 'all') in Mandarin Chinese has been the topic of much discussion in the theoretical literature. This study investigated children's knowledge of this quantifier using a new methodological technique, which we dubbed the Question-Statement Task. Three questions were addressed: (i) whether young Mandarin-speaking children know that dou is a universal quantifier that quantifies over the elements to its left, (ii) whether they know that dou is an adverb of quantification (Q-adverb) which can (unselectively) bind any variable in its domain, and (iii) whether they know that dou can quantify over wh-words. The main finding was that, by age four, Mandarin-speaking children have the relevant knowledge. The results reflect the early availability of adult-like linguistic knowledge of dou-quantification.

AB - The quantifier dou (roughly corresponding to English 'all') in Mandarin Chinese has been the topic of much discussion in the theoretical literature. This study investigated children's knowledge of this quantifier using a new methodological technique, which we dubbed the Question-Statement Task. Three questions were addressed: (i) whether young Mandarin-speaking children know that dou is a universal quantifier that quantifies over the elements to its left, (ii) whether they know that dou is an adverb of quantification (Q-adverb) which can (unselectively) bind any variable in its domain, and (iii) whether they know that dou can quantify over wh-words. The main finding was that, by age four, Mandarin-speaking children have the relevant knowledge. The results reflect the early availability of adult-like linguistic knowledge of dou-quantification.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=79955596181&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/s10936-010-9161-z

DO - 10.1007/s10936-010-9161-z

M3 - Article

VL - 40

SP - 155

EP - 176

JO - Journal of Psycholinguistic Research

T2 - Journal of Psycholinguistic Research

JF - Journal of Psycholinguistic Research

SN - 0090-6905

IS - 3

ER -