Two-year-old children differentiate test questions from genuine questions.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Children are frequently confronted with so-called 'test questions'. While genuine questions are requests for missing information, test questions ask for information obviously already known to the questioner. In this study we explored whether two-year-old children respond differentially to one and the same question used as either a genuine question or as a test question based on the situation (playful game versus serious task) and attitude (playful ostensive cues versus not). Results indicated that children responded to questions differently on the basis of the situation but not the expressed attitude of the questioner. Two-year-old children thus understand something of the very special communicative intentions behind test questions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Grosse, G; Tomasello, M

Published Date

  • January 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 192 - 204

PubMed ID

  • 21457590

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21457590

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1469-7602

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0305-0009

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/s0305000910000760

Language

  • eng