Publication details [#55693]

Huang, Chiung-chih. 2012. The pragmatic function of self/other reference in Mandarin child language. Chinese Language and Discourse 3 (1) : 13–34.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
John Benjamins
Journal DOI


This study investigated self/other reference in Mandarin child language by testing the hypothesis that children's overt self/other reference is related to the pragmatic notion of social control (Budwig, 1989, 1990, 1995). The participants were two Mandarin-speaking children and their mothers. Natural mother-child conversations were video-recorded when the children were between the ages of 2;2 and 3;1. The results suggest that social control appears to be a salient notion to Mandarin-speaking children, and that the children organize their use of self/other reference forms around the pragmatic notion of social control.