ERIC Number: ED100151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Reference Count: 0
A Review of "The Acquisition of Syntax in Children from 5 to 10" by Carol Chomsky. Papers and Reports on Child Language Development, No. 2.
Clark, Eve V.
Language, n47 p742-749 1971
The monograph under review is a study of the acquisition of certain complex linguistic structures by children over the age of five. After a short introduction, Chomsky describes in chapter 2 the linguistic properties of four types of constructions: (1) John is eager to see; John is easy to see; (2) John promised Bill to shovel the driveway; John told Bill to shovel the driveway; (3) John asked Bill what to do; John asked "What shall I do?" (4) John knew he was going to win the race; he knew that John was going to win the race; Chapter 3 briefly describes the subjects used in the experiment (five groups of eight) and the experimental design. The procedure is presented in chapter 4, which makes up the bulk of the monograph. This chapter contains detailed accounts of each type of test interview, illustrative extracts from many of the protocols, and some discussion of the results. In the fifth chapter, the results of the four different tests are correlated, and the trends in the data as a whole are presented in summary form. The findings indicated that the more general structures were understood by the younger children, while the more complex structures were understood correctly only by the older ones. (Author/PMP)
Descriptors: Child Language, Language Acquisition, Language Patterns, Language Research, Learning, Learning Theories, Linguistic Difficulty (Inherent), Linguistic Theory, Literature Reviews, Psycholinguistics, Syntax
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Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Committee on Linguistics.