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ERIC Number: ED188492
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb-28
Pages: 56
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Netherlands Inst. for the Advancement of Pure Research, The Hague.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Netherlands
Note: Paper presented at the Los Angeles Second Language Research Forum (3rd, Los Angeles, CA, February 29-March 2, 1980). Some faint type.