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ERIC Number: ED077025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-May
Pages: 15
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A Test of Perception of Syntactic Alternatives. Studies in Language Education, Report No. 2.
O'Donnell, Roy C.
The O'Donnell "Perception of Alternate Structures Test" (P. A. S. T.) was designed to produce a more efficient measure of perception of syntactic features. Like Simons'"Deep Structure Recovery Test" (D. S. R. T.), the P. A. S. T. has two sentences in each item that are similar in underlying structure. Like the earlier O'Donnell "Test of Recognition of Structural Relationships in English," it employs nonsense vocabulary to encourage reliance on syntactic rather than lexical cues to structure. Of the thirty items on the test, two measure perception of the active-passive alternatives, two the indirect object-prepositional phrase options, six the relative clause-reduced relative variations, and two the adverbial clause-abridged adverbial alternatives. Six items deal with noun clauses-inifinitive-gerund phrase options. Although results from administering the test to 87 ninth-graders and 62 tenth-graders show reliability indices for individual items are low, the test reliability coefficient of .816 and the apparent validity of the test seem to justify its use until a better instrument can be devised. (See related documents CS 200 569, and CS 200 571.) (HS)
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Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Dept. of Language Education.