A Case Study of Early Acquisition of Chinese Modals
Shuzhen Chen, Yuqian Ma
Available Online September 2017.
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- Chinese modals, early acquisition, case study
- The present study investigates the emergence and early development of Chinese modals of a single child from 1; 8 to 2; 7 from the lexical, semantic, syntactic and pragmatic perspectives. The results show that: 1) Chinese modals emerge gradually between 1; 8 - 2; 5, and modal forms that are acquired early tend to occur more frequently; 2) compared to dynamic and deontic modals, epistemic modals are later acquired and the use frequency is low; 3) the syntactic structures of modal utterances present a gradual trend from simple to complex; 4) modal utterances indicate the correspondence between semantic interpretation and syntactic distribution.
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TY - CONF AU - Shuzhen Chen AU - Yuqian Ma PY - 2017/09 DA - 2017/09 TI - A Case Study of Early Acquisition of Chinese Modals BT - 2017 3rd International Conference on Social Science and Higher Education PB - Atlantis Press SP - 183 EP - 186 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/icsshe-17.2017.46 DO - https://doi.org/10.2991/icsshe-17.2017.46 ID - Chen2017/09 ER -