ERIC Number: ED024946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Sep-1
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Semantic Constraints Upon the Syntactic Structure of Sentence Productions.
Forty eight undergraduates were assigned to two groups of 24 subjects each. The high association (HA) group was given booklets that contained a series of nouns associatively related according to free association norms, one pair to a page; the low association (LA) group was given booklets containing pairs of associatively unrelated nouns. The syntactic features of the nouns of the HA and LA pairs were identical. The task was to make up a sentence using each of the noun pairs, with no restrictions placed on the content or syntactic structure of the sentence productions. Since HA and LA pairs of the type used here differ in semantic and contextual featural overlap, it was anticipated that they would also differ in the syntactic relationships within which their members would appear in the sentence productions. The results supported the hypothesis. (Author/DO)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Center for Research on Language and Language Behavior.
Note: Report included in Studies in Language and Language Behavior, Progress Report No. VII.