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ERIC Number: ED140679
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Children's Language Structure. Working Papers of the Language Behavior Research Laboratory, No. 15.
Brogan, Patrick; And Others
Three papers from this issue of the Working Papers are provided here. "The Nesting Constraint in Child Language," by Patrick Alan Brogan, discusses a child's ability to perform complex, internally embedded sentences. It is hypothesized that difficulty stems from a child's limited short-term memory. "A Framework for Studying Kin Term Usage," by Ronald Casson, describes a framework for studying a community's use of the terms of reference and address in their kinship system in everyday behavior. The eventual aim of this study is to understand children's acquisition of the adult system. Sociolinguistic rules for distribution and context of kinship term usage are examined, and the social meaning of kin term usage is discussed. "Development of Syntactic Structures in Monolingual and Bilingual Children (A Modest Proposal)," by Merrill Swain, presents a proposal for investigation of the syntactic development of children learning two languages simultaneously. The investigation is conceptualized within the framework of transformational theory, which is summarized, and sequences of a child's acquisition of mature and pre-mature syntactic structures are outlined. Methodology for studying the bilingual child's language acquisition is described, and an hypothesis regarding separation of the two languages is proposed. The other three papers from this collection are already in ERIC as ED 030 098, ED 034 966, and ED 098 799. (CHK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Language and Behavior Research Lab.