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A genetic study of the production of utterances with "to want" and "to say" obtained from a picture

In 2 experiments, 95 3.5-6 yr olds were asked to describe pictures to examine the conditions of production of utterances of the form "I wanted (I said) that he . . ." and "He wanted (He said) that he . . . ." Results confirm previous findings obtained in studies of interpersonal communication. In the "want" condition, Ss ages 4 yrs and up could express verbally a relation between 2 people in the scene of a picture, but the 3.5-4 yr olds had difficulty in expressing their opinion on the picture. In the "say" condition, when Ss were asked to recall what they said about pictures after a 10-min delay, they produced narratives comprising the semantic features. It is suggested that narrative may develop later than either direct or indirect discourse. Narrative was not observed when recall took place immediately after discourse. (7 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)



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