The acquisition of auxilaries in early child language abstract childrens early language is obviously not adultlike but many of the most influential theories in the field of language acquisition claim that relatively abstract adultlike grammatical knowledge underlies even very early speech. Modal auxiliaries have an epistemic and deontic sense and range in strength eg must propositions are stronger than may propositions children ages 3 0 6 6 heard two contradictory modal propositions of varying strength in the epistemic condition the propositions concerned the location of a peanut. The acquisition of modal auxiliaries in the language of children diana major home worldcat home about worldcat help search search for library items search for lists search for name the acquisition of modal auxiliaries in the language of children en . Acquisition of modal auxiliary verbs in english l2 3 willingness expressed through modals will shall would obligation must should ability can and could social possibility can the making and granting of requests or permission as well as the giving of advice can could may might. This study considers the acquisition of epistemic modal auxiliaries ema in typically developing td and autistic children and the role that theory of mind tom plays in this development
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