ERIC Number: ED135251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Comprehension of Double-Object Constructions by Hard-of-Hearing Subjects. Lektos: Interdisciplinary Working Papers in Language Sciences, Vol. 2., No. 1.
Scholes, Robert J.; And Others
Human beings who have been forced to acquire language through non-auditory modalities characteristically display an impoverished syntactic system. I.M. Schlessinger (1970) has shown, for example, that users of sign language have difficulty in communicating syntactic relations such as "subject of main verb,""object of the verb," and "indirect object." The major hypothesis under investigation in the study reported here is that a significant, though not total, congenital hearing impairment should result in an inability to handle complex aspects of syntax in the comprehension of sentences. Twenty hard-of-hearing children were used (13 males and 7 females, ages 9.5 to 19.4 years) all regular students in the Duval County, Florida, public school system. Each subject heard and saw twenty sentences, and was asked to point to one of four accompanying pictures which most accurately depicted the events described in a given sentence. Twenty trials were run at a single session for each subject. Results appear to verify the hypothesis, and it is further suggested that the hard-of-hearing language user may, perhaps in order to compensate for the syntactic deficit, rely heavily on probabilistic strategies in comprehension. (Author/CLK)
Descriptors: Comprehension, Form Classes (Languages), Hearing Impairments, Language Patterns, Language Research, Language Skills, Linguistic Theory, Listening Comprehension, Nouns, Partial Hearing, Psycholinguistics, Sentence Structure, Syntax, Verbs
University of Louisville, Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics, Room 214 Humanities, Louisville, Kentucky 40208
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisville Univ., KY. Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics.
Note: For related document, see FL 008 426