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ERIC Number: ED140676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Egocentrism in the Language of Six to Seven-Year-Old Mexican Children.
Rodriguez, Oralia
Up to the present, no studies have been done in the area of child language in Mexico. The Center of Linguistic and Literary Studies of the Colegio de Mexico carried out an empirical investigation of the language of six- to seven-year-old Mexican children. This paper presents, in preliminary form, some partial results of the investigation, focussing upon one experiment based on the ideas of Jean Piaget. The working hypothesis was that an egocentric six-year-old, in telling a story to other children, would not be concerned about expressing himself clearly, resulting in the omission of information necessary for the understanding of the story. It was further hypothesized that differences could be observed in the way the children told a story, depending on their socioeconomic background. Fifty-nine children were instructed to narrate a story to two classmates. The narrations were tape-recorded, transcribed, and analyzed to obtain an index of omission of information in the story. A comparison was then made among the children on the basis of the three socioeconomic groups they represented. Preliminary conclusions include: (1) factors such as age or intelligence did not systematically affect the information omission scores; and (2) the socioeconomic background factor did seem to affect the scores, with children of poorer background omitting the greatest number of information units. Further analysis of the data is still underway. (AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the International Symposium on Language Acquisition (Mexico, November 9-12, 1976)