ERIC Number: ED022158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Contrastive Analysis and Language Development.
Ferguson, Charles A.
Contrastive analysis is basic to all linguistics since only by this approach can a general theory of language (language universals) be constructed and only with at least implicit contrastive analysis can a particular language be fully characterized. Two kinds of contrastive analysis have been basic to diachronic linguistics: the comparison of sister languages to discover the history of their divergence (comparative method) and the comparison of different stages of the same language to discover the history of change in the language. Diachronic contrastive analysis [comparing stages X1, X2...XN where X1 is zero and XN a full natural language] is basic to the study of child language development and promises benefits also to general theory and particular language characterization. (Author/JD)
Descriptors: Child Language, Contrastive Linguistics, Diachronic Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Language Universals
Publications Department, School of Languages and Linguistics, Georgetown Univ., Washington, D.C. 20007 (Monograph Series No. 21, $2.95).
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Authoring Institution: Georgetown Univ., Washington, DC. School of Languages and Linguistics.
Note: Article in Report of the 19th Annual Round Table Meeting on Ling. and Lang. Studies, Contrastive Linguistics and Its Pedagogical Implications.