Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 30 May 2020

Abstract and Keywords

The last 40 years of research on the acquisition of questions within the generative framework is reviewed, starting with Brown’s (1968) predictions for the form of wh-questions in English. Evidence from children’s answers to questions is taken to support children have access to the syntactic computation required for question formation. This leads to an examination of children’s non-adult productions; questions with no I to C movement, why-questions, whose-questions as well as long-distance questions with wh-copying and questions with partial movement. We also review evidence from English and other languages that demonstrates children adhere to linguistic constraints on wh-movement.

Keywords: matrix questions, I to C movement, long-distance questions, wh-copying, partial movement

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.