Portland State University. Department of Speech Communication
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech: Emphasis in Speech Pathology/Audiology
1 online resource (104 p.)
Interpersonal communication in children, Language acquisition, Emotions in children, Pragmatics
The purpose of this investigation was to determine at which age levels, between four and eight years, children express Praise, Apology, Commiseration, Blame, Challenge, Endearment, and both a Positive and Negative State.
Subjects were thirty children, six from each age level between four and eight years, selected from an elementary and preschool within the Portland area. Sixteen picture cards and stories were designed to elicit the eight different feelings. Each subject responded to questions at the end of the story and was given two chances to express the appropriate feeling. Each response was judged as appropriate or inappropriate and scored accordingly.
Zimmerman, Ann Paula, "Pragmatics: the verbal expression of feelings" (1982). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3231.