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ERIC Number: ED071747
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A Technique for Measuring Language Production in Three, Four & Five Year Olds.
Potts, Marion
The technique to be described here was developed to meet the need for a language production measure. It samples a variety of morphemic and syntactic patterns, and avoids the problems of imitation and of free speech analysis. The production test is administered in a sentence-completion format. A very brief incomplete story is told by the examiner in a form designed to elicit a particular target syntax. The test as developed contains 47 items covering 28 different structures, including present and past tense, auxiliary, possessives, negation, indirect object, conditional, relative clause, passive, and subjunctive. The final instrument was administered to 310 middle class children, and 163 lower class youngsters, all within the age range of 3/0 through 5/11. All children were individually tested by one of five white female examiners in rooms separate from the regular classroom. Data analyses were done by the three twelve-month groups of threes, fours, fives, as well as by six-month subgroups for the middle class. Data may indicate that acquisition of standard English patterns is not simply a bigger problem, but a different kind of problem for lower class children. (CK)
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