ERIC Number: ED123924
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Adult Evaluation of Child Language. Papers from the Michigan Linguistic Society Meeting, Vol. 1, No. 2.
Fulton, Mary Wills
Analysis of adult evaluation of children's linguistic output provides a basis for elaboration upon the work of McNeill (1970) and Brown (1970). When limited to the uttered words of a child paired with an utterance spoken at an earlier time, adults cannot judge the relative age of the children making those utterances; in fact, their predictions of language maturity do not rise substantially above the level of chance. When restating what the children's deviant utterances mean in the absence of context, most adults retain the original vocabulary and word order and supply functors to make grammatical sentences appropriate to typical childhood interests; with context supplied, functors are added to produce well-formed simple sentences appropriate to the circumstances. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Child Language, Comparative Analysis, Evaluation, Expressive Language, Language Acquisition, Measurement Techniques, Receptive Language, Speech Evaluation, Verbal Ability, Verbal Development
David Lawton, English Department, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859 ($3.00 each issue)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Central Michigan Univ., Mount Pleasant. Dept. of English.
Note: Paper presented at the Michigan Linguistic Society Meeting (October 9, 1971)