The role of perceptual availability and discourse context in young children's question answeringCitation formats

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  • Doroth Salomo
  • Eileen Graf
  • Elena Lieven
  • Michael Tomasello

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The role of perceptual availability and discourse context in young children's question answering. / Salomo, Doroth; Graf, Eileen; Lieven, Elena; Tomasello, Michael.

In: Journal of Child Language, Vol. 38, No. 4, 09.2011, p. 918-931.

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Salomo, D, Graf, E, Lieven, E & Tomasello, M 2011, 'The role of perceptual availability and discourse context in young children's question answering', Journal of Child Language, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 918-931. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305000910000395

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Salomo, Doroth ; Graf, Eileen ; Lieven, Elena ; Tomasello, Michael. / The role of perceptual availability and discourse context in young children's question answering. In: Journal of Child Language. 2011 ; Vol. 38, No. 4. pp. 918-931.

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