Children’s Judgments of Inappropriate Speech Acts
The research presented in this paper deals with the child’s linguistic awareness: in its largest sense, the ideas, thoughts, and judgments that children can make about language or various aspects of language behavior. Within this large area, the experiment reported concerns the comprehension and judgment of discourse in a naturalistic setting. Primary concern, therefore, is not with the context-independent literal meaning of sentences or their form, but with utterances in their context: that is, speech events and their contextual meaning, their effect, their social significance, and so forth.
KeywordsPropositional Content Speech Event Illocutionary Force Speech Error Inappropriate Speech
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