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ERIC Number: ED141835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 57
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Syntactical Complexity and Vocabulary Diversity in Two Groups of Children's Books.
McCormick, Sandra
This study compared syntactic complexity and vocabulary diversity in two groups of books that can be used for reading aloud to preschool children: books recommended by authorities in reading and children's literature for reading aloud and "grocery store" books (small, inexpensive picture books that can be purchased in grocery stores). Trade names for the latter included Little Golden Books and Wonder Books. There were no significant differences in syntactic complexity, measured by mean T-unit length, between the two groups of books. Similarly, three measures of vocabulary difficulty showed little, if any, difference between the groups. It was concluded that the groups of books expose children equally well to the diverse vocabulary and complex syntax with which they must contend when they attempt to learn to read independently. (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Report prepared at Ohio State University