Children's Language: Word-Phrase Relationship

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Science  17 Jan 1964:
Vol. 143, Issue 3603, pp. 264-265
DOI: 10.1126/science.143.3603.264


Unsystematic observations indicated that small children who could reverse the order of certain two-unit utterances had difficulty reversing utterances that formed common English sequences. Findings of this study indicate that the following factors are sources of difficulty in reversing pairs: (i) inability to separate English sequences into word units, and (ii) semantic absurdity of reversed pairs.