ERIC Number: ED154629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Oral Language of Preschool Children: Second Level Analysis.
Liu, Stella S. F.
A study was conducted to compare the language of preschool children from low-income homes to that of their parents, as affected by the adult participation in training sessions planned to encourage language development. The study was conducted in three preschools in the Detriot metropolitan area. A total of 96 children from ages 2 1/2 to 5 participated; 56 children were randomly selected for the experimental group and 40 for the control group. Parents were placed in experimental or control groups, according to their children's assignment. The parents were given 12 training sessions on topics generally related to language and cognitive development at preschool level; they were also given tasks to carry out with their children at home. Spontaneous speech was obtained as pretest and posttest measures. The responses were analyzed on two levels. The results of the second level analysis, analysis of noun phrase and verb phrase complexity, are discussed in this paper. (CFM)
Descriptors: Black Dialects, Child Language, Cognitive Development, Communication Skills, Discourse Analysis, Language Acquisition, Language Research, Linguistic Performance, Lower Class Parents, Nouns, Parent Education, Parent Influence, Parent Role, Preschool Children, Socioeconomic Background, Sociolinguistics, Speech Communication, Verbs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For related document, see FL 009 474; Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Canada, March 1978)