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ERIC Number: ED019141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 21
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EVALUATING THE CHILD'S LANGUAGE COMPETENCE.
KLIMA, URSULA BELLUGI
LANGUAGE ABILITY IS ESSENTIAL TO A CHILD'S SUCCESS IN SCHOOL, AND THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF COMMUNICATION IS THE CHILD'S ABILITY TO PUT WORDS TOGETHER IN MEANINGFUL PATTERNS. THE ABILITY OF ADULTS TO GIVE AN INTERPRETATION TO NONSENSE LIKE "JABBERWOCKY" DEPENDS ON THE SYNTACTIC CUES GIVEN BY RELATIONAL WORDS AND WORD ORDER. IN ORDER TO FIND OUT IF CHILDREN UNDERSTAND THESE CUES, IT IS NECESSARY TO DEVISE TESTS OF SYNTACTIC UNDERSTANDING. THE TESTS MUST BE POSED IN SUCH A WAY THAT THE SITUATIONAL CUES ARE MINIMIZED. THEY MUST USE WORDS THAT ARE KNOWN TO BE IN THE CHILD'S VOCABULARY AND MUST BE CONSTRUCTED SO THAT THE ABILITY TO GIVE A CORRECT ANSWER DEPENDS ON COMPREHENSION OF A PARTICULAR SYNTACTIC CONSTRUCTION. SEVERAL COMPREHENSION TESTS ARE INCLUDED. IN EACH TEST THE CHILD IS ASKED TO DISCRIMINATE BETWEEN 2 SENTENCES WHOSE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS IN SYNTACTIC CONSTRUCTION. THE TESTS ARE ARRANGED ACCORDING TO LEVELS OF DIFFICULTY WHICH ARE BASED ON THE ORDER IN WHICH CONSTRUCTS HAVE BEEN FOUND TO APPEAR IN CHILDREN'S SPEECH. (DR)
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Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana, National Lab. on Early Childhood Education.
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