Effect of Sampling Contexts on Children's Use of Tense Markers

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Does children's usage of tense markers (e.g., -ed) vary with different speaking situations?

Project description

The study aims to investigate the extent to which sampling contexts (e.g., free play, picture description, story telling) affect children's use of English tense markers (e.g., past tense -ed, be verbs, third person singular present -s). Percent correct usage of tense markers combined will be computed. Differences in percent correct usage of tense markers between the sampling contexts will be evaluated. Results may assist clinicians in assessing children's development of grammatical skills, in general, and tense marking skills, in specific. 

Project outcome

Students will make a poster or write a paper based on the data they collect and analyze.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About a semester
Start time Fall, Spring
Level of collaboration Individual Student Project
Benefits Academic Credit
Who is eligible The applicant has taken a course in language development (CDS 301) or an equivalent. Open to Juniors
Seniors.

Project mentor

Ling-Yu Guo

Associate Professor

Communicative Disorders and Sciences

118 Cary Hall, South Campus

Phone: (716) 829-5567

Email: lingyugu@buffalo.edu

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