Methods for Assessing Children's Syntax

Paperback | September 1, 1998

EditorDana McDaniel, Helen Smith Cairns, Cecile McKee

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The study of child language and, in particular, child syntax is a growing area of linguistic research, yet methodological issues often take a back seat to the findings and conclusions of specific studies in the field. This book is designed in part as a handbook to assist students and researchers in the choice and use of methods for investigating children's grammar. For example, a method (or combination of methods) can be chosen based on what is measured and who the target subject is. In addition to the selection of methods, there are also pointers for designing and conducting experimental studies and for evaluating research.

Methods for Assessing Children's Syntax combines the best features of approaches developed in experimental psychology and linguistics that ground the study of language within the study of human cognition. The first three parts focus on specific methods, divided according to the type of data collected: production, comprehension, and judgment. Chapters in the fourth part take up general methodological considerations that arise regardless of which method is used. All of the methods described can be modified to meet the requirements of a specific study.

Contributors: Helen Smith Cairns, Katherine Demuth, Jill de Villiers, Suzanne Flynn, Claire Foley, LouAnn Gerken, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Helen Goodluck, Peter Gordon, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Jennifer Ryan Hsu, Louis Michael Hsu, Celia Jakubowicz, Laurence B. Leonard, Barbara Lust, Dana McDaniel, Cecile McKee, Thomas Roeper, Michele E. Shady, Karin Stromswold, Rosalind Thornton

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Combining approaches from experimental psychology and linguistics, Methods for Assessing Children’s Syntax is a handbook for researchers exploring children’s grammar. The essays address specific methods according to data types collected and consider general methodological guidelines and obstacles.

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The study of child language and, in particular, child syntax is a growing area of linguistic research, yet methodological issues often take a back seat to the findings and conclusions of specific studies in the field. This book is designed in part as a handbook to assist students and researchers in the choice and use of methods for inv...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0262631903

ISBN - 13:9780262631907

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Combining approaches from experimental psychology and linguistics, Methods for Assessing Children’s Syntax is a handbook for researchers exploring children’s grammar. The essays address specific methods according to data types collected and consider general methodological guidelines and obstacles.

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This book is an invaluable resource for students and researchers in the field of first language acquisition. All major methods of investigating children's linguistic competence and performance are included, with chapters written by investigators who have pioneered and perfected the techniques. The book will be on every researcher's shelf.