The development of connectives in three to five-year-old monolingual Spanish-speaking children
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Nicholas Greatorex Riches, Newcastle University Institute for Health and Society, UNITED KINGDOM
Rodríguez-Muñoz FJ, Níkleva DG (2019) The development of connectives in three to fiveyear-old monolingual Spanish-speaking children. PLoS ONE 14(10): e0224461. https://doi.org/ 10.1371/journal.pone.0224461
SponsorshipThis work was partially supported by the 2019 Own Research Plan of the University of Almerı´a (https://www.ual.es) to FJRM. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
Little attention has been paid to the expansion in the use of connectives in children that are acquiring Spanish as a first language. Considering that language structure emerges from language use, naturalistic data were utilised from two conversational corpora. 12 types of connectives showed significant expansion, with the conditional conjunction si ‘if’ presenting the greatest advance, followed by que ‘that’ used as relative pronoun with explicit antecedent and as completive conjunction. We observed that the interordination and subordination relationships progressed more than those of coordination; however, certain connective elements between coordinated constructions displayed a more notable expansion as discourse markers, in the interactional level.