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Children's narrative acquisition: A study of some aspects of reference and anaphora

G Wigglesworth

First Language | Published : 1990


This paper reports the results of an experimental study designed to provide insights into the development of children's ability to introduce a character into a story, and to maintain reference to that character and any additional characters. Previous studies have suggested that the appropriate linguistic devices used for this purpose, such as definite/indefinite articles and anaphoric pronouns are not acquired until relatively late. Four groups were tested, three groups consisting of children aged eight, six and four, and an adult group. The results indicated that none of the groups of children had attained adult compe tence in their control of reference and anaphoric relations. In compar in..

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