ERIC Number: ED144099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Freshman Speech, Freshman Writing: A Linguistic Comparison.
Sodowsky, Roland E.
This paper reports on a study in which the speech and the writing of college freshmen were compared. Spoken samples were gathered from classroom discussion; written samples were taken from pieces written on the discussion material in a later class session. Spoken and written samples from an "A" student, a "B+" student, a "B" student, and a "C" student and a written sample from an "F" student were assessed with regard to such language measures as number of syllables per word, number of words per sentence, percentage of simple sentences, number of embeddings per sentence, percentage of uncommon words, and use of different parts of speech. The paper discusses numerous questions raised by the study and notes implications for the teaching of composition. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (28th, Kansas City, Missouri, March 31-April 2, 1977)