ERIC Number: ED059804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Computer Assisted Study of the Vocabulary of Six-Year-Old Navajo Children. Navajo Reading Study Progress Report No. 9.
Spolsky, Bernard; And Others
In keeping with the objective of the Navajo Reading Study, to investigate the feasibility and effect of teaching Navajo children to read their own language first, it was decided that more needs to be known about Navajo children and the language they know. Thus, between October 1969 and June 1970, 22 adult Navajo interviewers recorded free conversations with over 200 6-year-old Navajo children at 10 locations on the Navajo Reservation. Interviews were transcribed, in normalized orthography, by one transcriber and key-punched for computer processing. From the total of 11,128 sentences processed, the complete sample of 52,008 words (tokens) represented 8,775 different words (types). Output of the processing included (1) a number of statistical measures, (2) complete concordance giving sentence context, (3) a list of all the words in alphabetical order giving frequency and range, (4) a list of all the words in alphabetical order from the end of the word, (5) a frequency listing, and (6) a number of lists according to various spelling patterns. A concordance giving English loan words in the sample in the context of the sentence in which they occurred was also produced. It should be noted that word lists resulting from the study will be used as a filter in preparing reading material for 6-year-old Navajo children. The body of the report provides a description of the study; the appendix includes translated extracts of the interviews and samples of program output. Related documents are ED 035 484, ED 043 004, ED 043 005, ED 043 413, and ED 048 584. (NQ)
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Sponsor: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Albuquerque, NM.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque.