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ERIC Number: ED062637
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Exploration of Adolescent Language.
West, Kathryn
In a study of adolescent language, eight adolescents were recorded speaking in response to three classes of stimuli: TAT cards, photographs of "hippie" scenes, and discussion topics relevant to adolescent adjustment. Every fifth word of their transcribed speech was eliminated (the Cloze procedure), and these experimentally altered transcripts given to adolescent peers and adults professionally trained in the field of mental health, to decode by filling in the missing words. Results were: (1) The speech of the adolescents differed significantly in how understandable it was, primarily due to individual variability in vocabulary, syntax and verbal style; (2) The language used by the adolescents differed in response to the different classes of stimuli, and (3) Adult professionals were significantly more successful than the adolescent peers in decoding the teenage speakers. The results indicate the sensitivity of the Cloze procedure to individual characteristics of adolescent speech and the qualities of language affected by stimuli evoking the speech, and that the "generation gap" is a reflection of disparate values rather than an inability to communicate, or that professional training helps overcome this. (Author/KS)
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