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ERIC Number: ED054163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 135
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Syntactic Maturity and Vocabulary Diversity in the Oral Language of Kindergarten and Primary School Children.
Fox, Sharon Elizabeth
The developmental trend of syntactic maturity and vocabulary diversity in the oral language of kindergarten through third grade children as they responded to adults in a structured situation was studied. Eighty subjects, 20 at each of four grade levels, were drawn at random from two middle class schools in Salina, Kansas. Five boys and five girls participated from each grade level within the two schools. Two children from the same classroom viewed a cartoon with the sound track turned off. One of the two examiners asked each child to tell the story he had just seen and respond to a question concerning the story. A three way analysis of variance on grade level, sex of subject, and school was performed on each language measure. Conclusions are: (1) The growth between kindergarten and first grade is significant on all three syntactic measures; (2) The total word count shows a developmental trend through the four grade levels; (3) Both syntactic maturity and vocabulary diversity measures indicate a developmental trend. (Author/CK)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Indiana University