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Children's Comprehension of Comparative Sentence Transformations
Linnea C. Ehri and Paul R. Ammon
Vol. 45, No. 2 (Jun., 1974), pp. 512-516
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Children aged 4-8 were given 2-term relational problems (e. g., "John is bigger than Bill. Who is smaller?") to test Olson's hypothesis that only older children can process sentences as propositions and realize their logical implications. Contrary to expectations, even the youngest Ss were able to perform this task. Results also revealed that transformational processing was harder when assertions contained marked rather than unmarked adjectives, and processing was especially difficult when marked adjectives were negated. However, performance was not impaired by the lack of congruence between adjective terms contained in assertions and questions.
Child Development © 1974 Society for Research in Child Development