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ERIC Number: ED138099
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Acquisition of Language by Samoan Children. Working Paper of the Language Behavior Research Laboratory, No. 21.
Kernan, Keith T.
The purpose of this study was to gather information on the acquisition of non-Indo-European languages. The field work was conducted in the village of Faleasao on the island of Ta'u in the Manu'a group of American Samoa from June, 1968 to June, 1969. The data collected consists primarily of tape recordings of naturally occurring and elicited speech from twelve children between the ages of two and five years who were visited on the average of once every two months. The tape-recorded data upon which this paper is based consists exclusively of that collected on one visit each to two of the youngest children in the sample. In order to understand the process of acquisition, semantics must be considered. Models were written to describe the utterances produced by the two children. The linguistic output of each child was analyzed in an attempt to discover the semantic relationships it expressed and to discover the linguistic strategies employed by the children to realize those semantic relationships. (Author/CFM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.; California Univ., Berkeley. Inst. of International Studies.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Language and Behavior Research Lab.
Identifiers - Location: Samoa