Proceedings of the 2017 3rd International Conference on Social Science and Higher Education

A Case Study of Early Acquisition of Chinese Modals

Authors
Shuzhen Chen, Yuqian Ma
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Shuzhen Chen
Available Online September 2017.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/icsshe-17.2017.46How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Chinese modals, early acquisition, case study
Abstract
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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Proceedings
2017 3rd International Conference on Social Science and Higher Education
Part of series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
September 2017
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978-94-6252-395-1
ISSN
2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/icsshe-17.2017.46How to use a DOI?
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This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license.

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