J Psycholinguist Res https://doi.org/10.1007/s10936-018-9588-1 The Acquisition of Exhaustive Pairing in Multiple Wh-Questions in Mandarin 1 2 Jill de Villiers · Chunyan Ning · 3 4 4 Xueman Lucy Liu · Yi Wen Zhang · Fan Jiang © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract The comprehension of paired wh-questions is examined in child Mandarin, to compare the age of acquisition with that of children speaking European languages like English and German. In Study 1, participants were 734 Mandarin speakers aged 2;6–7;11, drawn from four regions of China. Results reveal a striking parallel between the acquisition of exhaustive answers in Mandarin and that in languages with wh-movement. The signiﬁcant correlation with children’s exhaustive interpretations of the universal quantiﬁer every (dou) also parallels ﬁndings in English. In Study 2, the performance of children (N 100) identiﬁed as having language impairment is compared to that of non-impaired children (N 130), and the results support the idea that answering these paired wh-questions is a potential semantic deﬁcit in language-delayed children. Keywords Wh-questions · Acquisition · Assessment · Mandarin · Exhaustivity · Semantic deﬁcit Introduction Paired wh-questions e.g.: (1) Who ate what? require an exhaustive, paired set answer such
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Published: Jun 1, 2018
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