Accession Number : AD0443175

Title :   COMPARISON OF GRAMMAR OF CHILDREN WITH FUNCTIONALLY DEVIANT AND NORMAL SPEECH,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LAB OF ELECTRONICS

Personal Author(s) : Menyuk, Paula

Report Date : 29 JAN 1964

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : A generative model of grammar was used to compare the grammar of 10 children diagnosed as using infantile speech with that of 10 matched children using normal speech to attempt to formalize the description of language simply characterized as infantile. The language of one child was periodically sampled from age two to three. A language sample from each child was analyzed and the syntactic structures used were postulated. A number of children in each group were asked to repeat a list of sentences containing syntactic structures found in children's grammar. The term infantile seemed to be a misnomer since at no age level did the grammatical production of a child with deviant speech match or closely match that of a child with normal speech. It was hypothesized that the differences found in the use and repetition of syntactic structures between the two groups might be due to differences in the use of the coding processes for the perception and production of language. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SPEECH, CHILDREN), (*VOCABULARY, CHILDREN), LANGUAGE, DISEASES.

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE