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A Linguistic Description and Computer Program for Children's Speech

1st Edition

By Geoffrey J. Turner, Bernard A. Mohan


240 pages

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This book presents a framework for the linguistic analysis of speech and a computer program to process the results of this analysis. The model of description for the linguistic analysis is that known as ‘scale-and-category’ grammar. It is particularly suited for a study of how people use their language, and especially for a sociologically-oriented study of linguistic behaviour. By incorporating a concept of ‘delicacy’, it enables the investigator to vary, according to his particular interests, the amount of detail he enters into at various points in the description. The present authors have made use of this facility and discuss the special interests, sociological and psychological, that influenced their choice of detail.

The computer program analyzes the grammatical structures written in a linear notation. A second version has been written which allows easy modification to handle a variety of grammatical schemes, and the program has application to the processing of the analysis of sequential behaviour in general, especially where there are complex relations between the units analyzed.

Table of Contents

1. A Linguistic Approach to Children’s Speech Geoffrey Turner 1. Aims and Approach 2. Outline of the Linguistic Theory 3. The Sentence 4. The Clause 5. The Nominal Group 6. The Verbal Group 7. The Adjunctival Group 8. Mazes 9. Concluding Remarks 2. A Computer Program for Assisting the Linguistic Analysis of Children’s Speech Bernard A. Mohan

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