Two request forms of four year olds
The occurrence of declarative <i>I</i> <i>want </i>and interrogative <i>Can I </i>request forms is examined in the natural language use of four year old children with their parents in the home. The analysis focuses on the use of these forms after an initial request has been turned down and after the use of imperatives by parents. The analysis suggests that in these sequential positions these forms are used in non-equivalent ways. Further evidence relating to the use of these forms in sequence initial positions suggests certain parallels with the earlier findings.