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ERIC Number: ED191019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 48
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Occurrence and Analysis of a Repertoire of Situational Language in Grade Six Children.
Gambell, Trevor J.
Sixth-grade students were subjects in a study to determine whether they possessed a repertoire of situational language in which registers or speech styles were differentiated by language use. A methodology was developed to elicit and describe children's language in different social settings that require different situational uses of language. Four task situations were designed to create situational contexts and to elicit situational language of either an intimate, casual, consultative, or formal nature. Findings were analyzed in several categories: subject matter maintenance and switching; nonlinguistic features of communication; lexical diversity; contractions, compactions and truncations; colloquial and standard forms of "yes"; lexical density; lexical content words; grammatical features; and extraneous linguistic material. The results of many of the analyses suggest that they are useful measures that differentiate language use in different sociolinguistic situations and that the interlinking of sociolinguistics and child language development can bring a new focus to the study of children's language. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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