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Notley, Anna; Zhou, Peng; Crain, Stephen; Thornton, Rosalind – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2009
Children often produce nonadult responses to sentences with the focus operator only, such as "Only the cat is holding a flag." For example, children often accept this sentence as a description of a situation in which a cat holds a flag and a duck holds both a flag and a balloon. One proposed analysis, by Paterson, Liversedge, Rowland & Filik…
Descriptors: Sentences, Form Classes (Languages), Mandarin Chinese, Child Language