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Conference Proceeding

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Proceedings of the 45th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development


This paper examines the effects of two often overlooked factors in children’s answers to wh-questions: the prosodic contour of the question and the complexity of the visual stimuli. There are two potential effects on the interpretation of a question in English: whether it is moved, and what kind of prosody it has.

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Peer reviewed accepted manuscript.

To be published in 2021 by Cascadilla Press.



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