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Bock, J. Kathryn and Mary E. Hornsby. 1981. The development of directives: How children ask and tell. Journal of Child Language 8 (1) : 151–163.
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B. and H. report on a production task in which children aged 2;6-6;6 use the directive senses of 'ask' and 'tell'. Results show that children at all ages distinguished the verbs along dimensions sensitive to adult ratings of politeness.