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ERIC Number: ED001241
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Pages: 141
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THE EFFECT OF A KNOWLEDGE OF GENERATIVE GRAMMAR UPON THE GROWTH OF LANGUAGE COMPLEXITY.
BATEMAN, DONALD R.; ZIDONIS, FRANK J.
THE EFFECT OF KNOWLEDGE OF GENERATIVE GRAMMAR UPON COMPOSITION SKILLS WAS INVESTIGATED. GENERATIVE GRAMMAR DESCRIBES THE PSYCHOLOGICAL PROCESS OF PRODUCING SENTENCES. IN THIS STUDY, GENERATIVE GRAMMAR WAS TAUGHT TO NINTH- AND TENTH-GRADE STUDENTS. SEVERAL SPECIFIC QUESTIONS GUIDED THE STUDY--CAN HIGH SCHOOL PUPILS LEARN TO APPLY THE RULES OF A GENERATIVE GRAMMAR IN THEIR WRITING. CAN THEIR REPERTOIRE OF GRAMMATICAL STRUCTURES BE INCREASED BY A STUDY OF GENERATIVE GRAMMAR. TO WHAT EXTENT WILL THE PROPORTION OF WELL-FORMED SENTENCES INCREASE IN PUPIL WRITING OVER THE 2-YEAR PERIOD. WHAT KIND OF ERRORS WILL OCCUR IN STUDENT WRITING, AND TO WHAT EXTENT WILL SUCH ERRORS INCREASE OR DIMINISH OVER THE 2-YEAR PERIOD. SEVERAL CONCLUSIONS WERE DRAWN. FIRST, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CAN EASILY LEARN THE PRINCIPLES OF GENERATIVE GRAMMAR BECAUSE OF ITS CONSISTENCY, SPECIFICITY, AND RELEVANCE TO WELL-FORMED SENTENCE PRODUCTION. SECOND, A KNOWLEDGE OF GENERATIVE GRAMMAR ENABLES STUDENTS TO INCREASE SIGNIFICANTLY THE PROPORTION OF WELL-FORMED SENTENCES THEY WRITE. THIRD, IT IS SUGGESTED, BUT NOT PROVED, THAT A RELATIONSHIP EXISTS BETWEEN A KNOWLEDGE OF GENERATIVE GRAMMAR AND AN ABILITY TO PRODUCE WELL-FORMED SENTENCES OF GREATER STRUCTURAL COMPLEXITY. FINALLY, A KNOWLEDGE OF GENERATIVE GRAMMAR CAN ENABLE STUDENTS TO REDUCE THE OCCURRENCE OF ERRORS IN THEIR WRITING.
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Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Research Foundation.
Identifiers: COLUMBUS; OHIO