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ERIC Number: ED085137
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jul
Pages: 62
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Language Development: Syntactical Complexity of Reservation Sioux Indian Children.
Iverson, Dorothy
The purpose of this study was to describe the syntactical complexity of the level of English which is easily understood and freely used by a selected group of bilingual Sioux Indian children. The study was designed to determine a basis for a lack of language fluency as a contributing factor in the cross-over phenomenon of these Indian children in the Middle elementary school years. A total of 15 10-year old reservation children were interviewed. These children were randomly selected from the 4th and 5th grades at Fort Thompson Day School, Crow Creek Indian Reservation, South Dakota. The children's responses were examined for the degree of syntactical complexity they understood. They were found to have a language lag or lack of several test constructions. A lag was indicated in the easy/hard to see construction, in the pronominalization construction, and on the question form of ask/tell. The ask/tell construction showed the most significant deficiency. It was felt that further study of the deficient areas would be most helpful to teachers, supervisors, and curriculum directors associated with Indian students, and could avoid much of the confusion and poor self-image resulting from this deficit. (FF)
Inter-Library Loan from Northern State College, Aberdeen, South Dakota
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