ERIC Number: ED135144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Some Evidence of Continuing Linguistic Acquisitions in Learning Adolescents.
Thomas, Elizabeth K.; Walmsley, Sean A.
The linguistic development of 42 learning disabled students 10-16 years old was examined. Responses were elicited to five linguistic structures, including the distinction between "ask" and "tell", pronominal restriction, and the minimum distance principle. Data were analyzed in terms of three groups based on Verbal and Performance differentials on the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, and in terms of the Ss' performance as a whole to determine whether the constructions were acquired in the order previously suggested by C. Chomsky. Results indicated that the Ss demonstrated late (approximately 3-4 years) and idiosyncratic acquisition of the structures, although most of them did acquire them in the order posited by Chomsky for normal younger children. (CL)
Descriptors: Comprehension, Language Acquisition, Language Handicaps, Language Research, Learning Disabilities, Linguistic Performance, Linguistic Theory, Secondary Education, Structural Linguistics
Dr. Sean A. Walmsley, Reading Department, School of Education, The University at Albany, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12222
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Scientific Conference of IFLD (3rd, Montreal, Canada, August 9-13, 1976)