Three stages of asking questions/negatives

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Three stages of Asking Questions

Stage 1 - 18 months

  • during two-word stage children start to use rising intonation to indicate question e.g. "sit me?" or "Go walk?"

Stage 2 - between the ages of two and three 

  • in teleographic talk, children continue to use rising intonation but now include Wh- words in the utterance e.g. "where tractor?" 
  • as they continue to develop they use a wider range of interrogative pronouns e.g. why, when and how

Stage 3 - From age of three upwards


  • children will use what's called a subject-verb inversion e.g. "can I see it?" instead of constructions like "I…

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