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ERIC Number: ED264945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Pages: 7
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Applying Chomsky's Linguistic Methodology to the Clinical Interpretation of Symbolic Play.
Ariel, Shlomo
This paper summarizes how Chomsky's methodological principles of linguistics may be applied to the clinical interpretation of children's play. Based on Chomsky's derivation of a "universal grammar" (the set of essential, formal, and substantive traits of any human language), a number of hypothesized formal universals of clinically-relevant symbolic play were developed. In applying these hypothesized universals to data representing the play activities of a five-year-old boy, a componential analysis (on which the dimensions underlying a set of individual meanings were extracted by pairwise comparisons of these meanings and their contextual attributes) was performed and then interpreted accordingly. It was noted that if different therapists performed a componential analysis on the raw data and organized the results of this analysis in the manner dictated by the hypothesized universals outlined in this paper, their interpretations would in all probability be both similar across interpreters and relatively valid. (BB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Translations
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel