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ERIC Number: ED266453
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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The Syntactic Maturity of Grade Eight Students in the Windsor Separate School Board. A Report to the Roman Catholic Separate School Board for the City of Windsor.
Laing, Donald
To determine the syntactic maturity of eighth grade Canadian students' writing, all the students in four eighth grade classes were asked to write two compositions--one narrative and one argumentative--two weeks apart. The syntactic maturity level of the resulting 81 narrative compositions and 82 written arguments was compared with the syntactic maturity found in three previous studies, through analysis of words per T-unit (the smallest unit into which a sentence can be divided without producing a fragment that would be grammatically incomplete), the number of words per clause, and the number of clauses per T-unit. The results indicated that the syntactic maturity of the students was entirely in line with that reported in three comparison studies by Hunt, Loban, and Pringle/Freedman. (EL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada