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ERIC Number: ED412558
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 24
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On the Interface of Writing and Speech: Acquiring English Syntax through Dialog Journal Writing.
Weissberg, Bob
A study examined whether written language in general and dialog journal writing in particular is the preferred vehicle for syntactic acquisition of some adult learners. Subjects were five adult English-as-second-language (ESL) students, all literate in their first language, which was Spanish. Subjects were observed over a period of 16 weeks. Interviews, questionnaires, and a variety of paired oral and written tasks were used to elicit language data. The samples were analyzed for a variety of English morpho-syntactic features in an attempt to determine which of three production modalities (speech, academic writing, or dialog journal writing) served as the primary medium for syntactic innovation and the development of syntactic accuracy. Results indicated that individual subjects demonstrated notable differences in their patterns of syntactic development across writing and speech. Findings suggest that writing in general, especially dialog journal writing, is the modality favored by most of the subjects for both syntactic innovation and accuracy. (Contains 4 tables of data and 15 references.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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