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ERIC Number: ED091741
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 9
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Syntactic Density Score (SDS) with Some Aids for Tabulating.
Golub, Lester S.
The Syntactic Density Score (SDS) is designed to determine the syntactic density of the oral and written discourse of students in grades 1-14, as well as that of reading materials selected for students. The SDS can be hand tabulated; however, a computer program is available which can determine the score from any corpus of material typed into the computer. Factors that affect readability, and therefore increase the syntactic density score of a piece of writing, include higher frequencies of complex sentences, long subordinate clauses, prepositional phrases, expanded verbs, possessives, and adverbs of time--all in addition to the usual considerations of vocabulary and sentence length. Practice exercises plus aids for tabulation are available from the author. [This document is one of those reviewed in The Research Instruments Project (TRIP) monograph "Measures for Research and Evaluation in the English Language Arts" to be published by the Committee on Research of the National Council of Teachers of English in cooperation with the ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills. A TRIP review which precedes the document lists its category (Reading/Writing), title, author, date, and age range (primary, intermediate, junior high, senior high, postsecondary), and describes the instrument's purpose and physical characteristics.] (WR)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires
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