Production of grammatical sentences in English-speaking children between age 3 and age 5: Evidence from a picture description task

a young girl holds a book she made.

The study aims to investigate how well English-speaking children between ages 3 and 5 are able to produce grammatical sentences in a picture description task.

Project description

The study aims to investigate how well English-speaking children between age 3 and age 5 are able to produce grammatical sentences in a picture description task. Percent grammatical sentences will be computed. Changes in percent grammatical sentences across ages will be evaluated. Results may assist clinicians in assessing children's development of grammatical skills.

Project outcome

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About a semester; 3-5 months
Start time Fall, Spring
Level of collaboration Individual student project
Benefits Academic Credit
Who is eligible Majors in linguistics, speech and hearing sciences, or closely related fields
National Science Foundation Fellowship

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Project mentor

Ling-Yu Guo

Associate Professor

Communicative Disorders and Sciences

118 Cary Hall, South Campus

Phone: (716) 829-5567

Email: lingyugu@buffalo.edu

Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge options.) 
Fulfilling Academic Major/Minor Requirements

If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project. 

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

General 

  • The applicant must major in Speech and Hearing Science, Linguistics, Psychology, or closely related filed. 
  • The applicant has taken a course in child development, language development, or an equivalent. 

Specific 

  • The applicant must demonstrate skills in working with children
  • The applicant must have a good command in grammatical analyses