ERIC Number: ED188492
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb-28
Reference Count: 0
Conceptual and Syntactic Strategies in Reading a Foreign Language.
Ulijn, Jan M.
Conceptual and syntactic strategies in reading a foreign language are considered with attention to the functioning of the sentence parser. Topics of analysis include: the theoretical background and the educational relevance of the question of strategies; a study of the relative importance of the two parsing principles (syntactically guided analysis and conceptually guided analysis) with Dutch engineering students reading French instructions for a machine called SHADOK; a study in which second language readers were forced to make a thorough syntactic analysis by translation in their first language; a replication of one of the basic findings of the study with Dutch engineering students; conclusions drawn from the studies about the conceptual/syntactic dilemma; and implications for teaching foreign language reading. Findings indicated that readers of a foreign technical text were frequently hampered by all kinds of content words, which are necessary for their conceptual analysis, and were hampered to a much lesser degree by syntactic function words. The conceptual analysis overshadowed the role of the first language syntax. Findings indicate that the sentence parser is primarily concept-oriented. (SW)
Descriptors: College Students, Engineering, French, Function Words, Higher Education, Language Processing, Language Research, Linguistic Theory, Psycholinguistics, Reading Comprehension, Reading Research, Second Language Learning, Semantics, Sentence Structure, Syntax, Technical Writing, Translation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Netherlands Inst. for the Advancement of Pure Research, The Hague.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Los Angeles Second Language Research Forum (3rd, Los Angeles, CA, February 29-March 2, 1980). Some faint type.