Children's understanding of dou in Chinese

Peng Zhou

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    The quantifier dou (roughly corresponding to English 'all') in 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 Question-Statement Task. Two questions were discussed: (i) whether young Mandarin-speaking children know that dou is a universal quantifier that quantifies over the elements to its left, and (ii) whether they know that dou can quantify over wh-words. It was found that by age four Mandarin-speaking children already have the relevant knowledge. These results reflect early availability of adult-like linguistic knowledge of dou-quantification.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of GLOW in Asia VII 2009
    EditorsRajat Mohanty, Mythili Menon
    Place of PublicationHyderabad, India
    PublisherEFL University Press
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9789380425016
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventGLOW in Asia (7th : 2009) - Hyderabad, India
    Duration: 25 Feb 200927 Feb 2009


    ConferenceGLOW in Asia (7th : 2009)
    CityHyderabad, India


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