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ERIC Number: ED126531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Mode on Written Syntactic Complexity: Part I--Third Grade. Report No. 24.
This study investigates the effect of mode of expression on the syntactic complexity of writing produced by third-grade children. Approximately 200 samples of writing in the modes of argumentation, exposition, narration, and description were collected from 50 third graders in the Atlanta school district. Syntactic complexity, as measured by length of writing sample, number of clauses per sample, and number of words per clause, was revealed to be highest in the argumentative mode. Although the differences in complexity between exposition and narration seem to depend upon the analytic tool used, the descriptive mode was shown to evoke the least syntactic complexity regardless of the type of analytic instrument. The development of children's formal cognitive and linguistic processes may be stimulated by writing activities which parallel these processes in level of difficulty. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Dept. of Language Education.
Note: For related document see CS202842