It's a question? Infants attend differently to yes/no questions and declaratives.

Research paper by Melanie M Soderstrom, Eon-Suk ES Ko, Uliana U Nevzorova

Indexed on: 18 Dec '10Published on: 18 Dec '10Published in: Infant Behavior and Development


We examined infants' perception of the intonational characteristics of yes-no questions and declarative sentences in English. Both infants habituated to questions and those habituated to declaratives preferred the question forms at test, suggesting that infants process these two sentence types differently.