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Presentation 2019-07-28 14:40
Do children know whanything? -- Acquisition of wh-ambiguity in Mandarin --
Yu'an Yang, Daniel Goodhue, Valentine Hacquard, Jeffrey Lidz (UMD) TL2019-35
Abstract (in Japanese) (See Japanese page) 
(in English) Identifying interrogatives in a language is a challenging task, especially for children acquiring languages like Mandarin, where there is no wh-movement and wh-words (wh) can function both as question words and indefinites (Huang 1982 a.o.). As a result of these factors, strings like "Xiaoyang mei chi shenme" (Little lamb neg eat what) can either be interpreted as a question or a statement. In this study we show preschoolers are aware of this ambiguity and can use prosody to arrive at the correct interpretation (Exp 1), but have trouble blocking the interrogative interpretation in V-not-V questions (Exp 2).
Keyword (in Japanese) (See Japanese page) 
(in English) Wh-indeterminate / wh-question / prosody / / / / /  
Reference Info. IEICE Tech. Rep., vol. 119, no. 151, TL2019-35, pp. 121-121, July 2019.
Paper # TL2019-35 
Date of Issue 2019-07-20 (TL) 
ISSN Print edition: ISSN 0913-5685  Online edition: ISSN 2432-6380
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Conference Information
Committee TL  
Conference Date 2019-07-27 - 2019-07-28 
Place (in Japanese) (See Japanese page) 
Place (in English) Hirao Seminar House, Konan University 
Topics (in Japanese) (See Japanese page) 
Topics (in English) Human Language Processing and Learning 
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Conference Code 2019-07-TL 
Language English 
Title (in Japanese) (See Japanese page) 
Sub Title (in Japanese) (See Japanese page) 
Title (in English) Do children know whanything? 
Sub Title (in English) Acquisition of wh-ambiguity in Mandarin 
Keyword(1) Wh-indeterminate  
Keyword(2) wh-question  
Keyword(3) prosody  
1st Author's Name Yu'an Yang  
1st Author's Affiliation University of Maryland, College Park (UMD)
2nd Author's Name Daniel Goodhue  
2nd Author's Affiliation University of Maryland, College Park (UMD)
3rd Author's Name Valentine Hacquard  
3rd Author's Affiliation University of Maryland, College Park (UMD)
4th Author's Name Jeffrey Lidz  
4th Author's Affiliation University of Maryland, College Park (UMD)
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Date Time 2019-07-28 14:40:00 
Presentation Time 30 
Registration for TL 
Paper # IEICE-TL2019-35 
Volume (vol) IEICE-119 
Number (no) no.151 
Page p.121 
#Pages IEICE-1 
Date of Issue IEICE-TL-2019-07-20 

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