ERIC Number: ED107114
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
"This Man's Father Is My Father's Son": A Study of the Acquisition of English Kin Terms. Papers and Reports on Child Language Development, No. 5.
Haviland, Susan E.; Clark, Eve V.
Journal of Child Language, v1 n1 p23-47 May 1974
This study of the acquisition of kinship terms in English is a test of the hypothesis that lexical items are learned in their order of complexity and of the validity of relational analysis in predicting the order of the acquisition of kinship terms. Earlier studies of kinship terms, Piaget's in particular, are first discussed, as well as the componential systems used by Wallace and Atkins and Romney and D'Andrade to predict acquisition order. An alternative approach is then discussed which uses Bierwisch's relational components system. This is followed by a review of the possible predictions of this system about the acquisition of kinship terms and the order of their acquisition. In the experiment described here, 30 protocols were collected from 30 children aged 3;5 to 8;10 years. This study extended the findings of previous research to cover all the 15 kin terms commonly used by speakers of English. Results of the study support the complexity hypotheses and indicate that the relational analysis is a viable tool in studying the acquisition of kinship terms. (AM)
Descriptors: Child Language, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Componential Analysis, Deep Structure, Language Acquisition, Language Patterns, Language Universals, Lexicology, Linguistic Theory, North American English, Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Vocabulary Development
Cambridge University Press, American Branch, 32 East 57th Street, New York, New York 10022 (4 pounds)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Committee on Linguistics.