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ERIC Number: ED142972
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
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Syntactic Aspects of Reading Comprehension. Technical Report No. 33.
Huggins, A. W. F.
This review of research related to syntactic aspects of reading comprehension points out that readability formulas and surface-structure measures do not adequately describe the complexity of single sentences. According to current theories, extraction of meaning depends on recovering simple propositions that underlie each clause in the message. How easily perceivers recover this information depends on their processing capabilities. In this view, syntax is a tool for adjusting the complexity and compactness of a message to achieve the best balance between economy and clarity. This leads to an emphasis on the pragmatics of syntax and to such questions as: What are the uses of the various syntactic constructions? Would children become syntactically competent more easily if these uses were formalized and taught explicitly? At the same time, the research reviewed constantly points up the importance of meaning and its interaction with syntax. (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.