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3V1247.02 Past tense and conditionals (6/22/81)

For the past month or so, Peggy has been forming past tenses in the typical non-standard way — ie. RUN, RUNNED. (I will have to see if I can get her to discuss this in the next session, P181 now) — to get at the question raised by Seigler of the transformation from chaotic to “rule-governed” behavior.)
Further, Peggy seems to be using conditionals with understanding.


3V1252.01 Pure Conditionals (6/27/81)

Last observation was not accurate or complete. This becomes clear from a very surprising thing Peggy said as she and I had breakfast this morning (actually, I believe she finished first, then returned to the table): “Dad, if I want some orange juice?” I looked at her and asked, “What was that ?” She answered, “If I want some orange juice.” “Do you want me to get you some orange juice?” “No,” she replied, “I said IF.”

From this interchange, it is clear that Peggy appreciates the limiting aspect of using IF but also that she does not recognize its incompleteness.