Chapter 5. Answers as a window into the interpretation of questions

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In the previous chapter, I reported that children sometimes fail to give the right affrmative answer when the question has a cleft or the focus marker <i>s</i> only in preverbal position. Children give a verbal answer to these questions instead of the required <i>sim</i> yes or SER be answers. At that point, the discussion was left open as to whether the problem was children's comprehension of the structure of a verbal answer or their comprehension of the question. is chapter presents the results of a small experiment designed to obtain an answer to this particular question.


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