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Shatz, Marilyn. 1979. How to do things by asking: Form-function pairings in mother's questions and their relation to children's responses. Child Development 50 : 1093–1099.
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Questions addressed by mothers to their children are examined as to the purposes they served in the conversation and the forms used to express them. In addition, the children's responses are examined as to their functional appropriateness and their relation to maternal behavior. The results are discussed.