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Title: Other-repetition in Mandarin child language: A discourse-pragmatic perspective
Authors: Huang, Chiung-chih
Contributors: 語言學研究所
Keywords: Repetition;Imitation;Child language;Mandarin Chinese
Date: 2010-03
Issue Date: 2015-03-25 15:27:06 (UTC+8)
Abstract: This study investigated the forms and functions of other-repetition in Mandarin child discourse from a discourse-pragmatic perspective. The subjects of this study were two Mandarin-speaking 2-year-olds. The data included 6 h of natural parent–child conversation. A broader definition of repetition was adopted: repetition can be exact, reduced, modified, or expanded. The findings support the contention that not all other-repetitions are imitations (Ochs Keenan, 1977). It was found that the children used the different forms of repetition to perform a variety of communicative functions such as imitation, answering an information question, showing agreement/confirmation, showing denial/rejection, or providing expansion. Thus, the children's other-repetitions are not constructed at random. It is concluded that other-repetition often reflects the children's competence and not their incompetence as communicators.
Relation: Journal of Pragmatics 42(3),825-839
Data Type: article
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