Accession Number : AD0410834

Title :   THE EFFECTS OF GRAMMATICAL STRUCTURE UPON VERBAL ENCODING HABITS,

Corporate Author : SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Ford,John D. ; Holmes,AND Emory H.

Report Date : 21 JUN 1963

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : Despite extensive research on human encoding of information, relatively little attention has been given to one of the most pervasive characteris tics of human communication, namely, grammatical structure. An experiment was conducted to com pare verbal encoding behavior under two condi tions: natural language format and a format in which grammatical structure was relaxed. In formation from news reports had to be selected and encoded in one or the other format. Humans experienced moderate difficulty, initially, in encoding information in the modified format and conveyed no more information than with natural language format. However, the information den sity of the modified format was higher. As an information source to answer information re quests, the modified format was superior. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*BIONICS, LANGUAGE), (*INFORMA, LANGUAGE), (*LANGUAGE, CODING), BEHAVIOR, HUMANS, VERBAL BEHAVIOR.

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE