Preferred adjective ordering in very young children

J. E. Martin, Dennis L. Molfese

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Two groups of very young children were given the task of imitating sentences containing multiple prenominal adjectives. The adjectives were presented in preferred and nonpreferred orders. No differences in imitation were found between orders of adjective presentations. Younger children made fewer errors than older children on this task. Both groups exhibited order preferences in a production task which did not correspond exactly to those of older children and adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-292
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1972
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Medicine


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