ERIC Number: ED113735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Reference Count: 0
Grammatical Structures Written at Three Grade Levels. NCTE Research Report No. 3.
Hunt, Kellogg W.
The purposes of this study were (1) to provide a method for the quantitative study of grammatical (syntactic) structures which is coherent, systematic, and broad, yet capable of refinement to accommodate details, and (2) to search for the developmental trends in the frequency of various grammatical structures written by students of average intelligence (IQs ranging from 90-110) in the fourth, eighth, and twelfth grades. Nine boys and nine girls were selected from each of the three grades, and close to 1000 words of writing were obtained from each student. The writing was done in class without alteration by anyone other than the writer, and the subject matter was not controlled by the investigators. In addition to sentence length, clause length, subordination ratio, and the kinds of clauses, the study analyzes structures within a clause: coordinated structures, nominals, the verb auxiliary, main verbs and complements, modifiers of verbs, and predicate adjectives. The results of this study are discussed at length, and tables provide additional information about the procedures used and data obtained. This report was written for two groups: the teacher or supervisor of English and the researcher in language development. (RB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Cooperative Research Program.
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Champaign, IL.
Note: Revision of CRP No. 1998