The role of prosodic and visual information in disambiguating wh-indeterminates: The case of Korean three-year-olds

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In Korean language, questions containing ambiguous wh-words may be interpreted as either wh-questions or yes-no questions. This study investigated 43 Korean three-year-olds' ability to disambiguate eight indeterminate questions using prosodic and visual cues. The intonation of each question provided a cue as to whether it should be interpreted as a wh-question or a yes-no question. The questions were presented alongside picture stimuli, which acted as either a matched (presentation of corresponding auditory-visual stimuli) or a mismatched contextual cue (presentation conflicting auditory-visual stimuli). Like adults, the children preferred to comprehend questions involving ambiguous wh-words as wh-questions, rather than yes-no questions. In addition, children were as effective as adults in disambiguating indeterminate questions using prosodic cues regardless of the visual cue. However, when confronted with conflicting auditory-visual stimuli (mismatched), the quality of children's responses was less accurate than adults' responses.
Publisher
CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS
Issue Date
2022-03
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Citation

JOURNAL OF CHILD LANGUAGE, v.49, no.2, pp.326 - 348

ISSN
0305-0009
DOI
10.1017/S0305000921000143
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/292816
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HSS-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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