Friday, March 13, 2009

ENGA1 Language Development data response

Here's the first Haribo prize competition for AS students. It's based on the 2a question you get for Language Development, so all you need to do is pick out 5 linguistic features from the data below and label them accurately, putting your answer as a comment to this post. For example, if you think "I falled over" is an example of overextension, you would write "1. I falled over = overextension".

Obviously, the more alert among you would realise that's not the right answer. That's because I'm not giving you the answers for nothing and I'm not parting with my Haribo that easily. Oh no. And remember, what you're looking for should be phonological, lexical, semantic, grammatical and pragmatic features, as well as how the interaction does or doesn't illustrate particular theories at work, or a child being at a particular stage or demonstrating a particular function of language. It's also worth thinking not just about what the child says but how the child and parent interact. But that's enough bold font...

So, to win the Haribo pick out your five features and add them as comments. The best 2 responses by next Friday lunchtime will win this coveted prize.

Girl (age 4,4) in conversation with Dad (age 39..I mean 21)

Girl: Did you eat all your dinner up at work?
Dad: Yes, I did
G: What did you hab?
D: Err, I had a cheese and tomato roll
G: I said to mummy are you gonna hab your dinner at office at work and her said yes
D: What did you do at nursery?
G: I did find the Dora book and I hided it under the table. Daddy, who done dis card? Did you draw it? Look what I drawed. I writed this well didn't I?
D: Yes, you wrote that really well
G: I wrote it well, yes.

OK, ready steady Haribooooooooooooo!!!!!


Anonymous said...

"Did You eat your dinner up at work?"=Heuristic



"Look what i drawed."=Regulatory

"I writed this well didn't i?" =Personal

Serena Morrison AB15

Anonymous said...

1. 'what did you 'hab'- hab being phonological substitution.
2. '...are you 'gonna'- gonna is elision in this sentnce.
3. 'i hided it'- overgeneralisation is used with word hided.
4. 'i 'writed' this well' writed is overgeneralistaion.
5. 'who done 'dis' card?' dis is used as a phonalogical substitution.

nyia hutchinson ab07

Anonymous said...

In the text , one can see many examples of phonological and lexical features. Ruby's basic grammatical structure is in place however when in writing the mistakes are clear. Ellipsis can be seen in the quote " hab your dinner at office at work", for she failed to include the determiner "the" in her sentence, ruby also has showed an example of substitution of consonants by using the word "hab" inplace of "have". Other grammatical faults are included in the quote
"eat all your dinner up" this grammatical word order error highlights her infancy. Overgeneralisation can be witnessed all through out the text an illustration of which is " i hided it under the table". Ruby also fails to use the correct second person pronoun in the quote "and her said yes". one csn also see phonological substitution in the sentence "who done dis card"

By Chanti simpson and Racheal Kakasi

Anonymous said...

1. "Hided" Overgeneralisation
2."Hab" phonological substitution instead of "had".
3."I wrote it well yes?" Personal
4."gonna hab your dinner at office at work and her said yes" pronoun (grammatical) Heuristic
5."Look what i drawed." Regulatory

Patrice and Lesley Ab15

Anonymous said...

"I writed this well didn't i?" - Personal
"..Are you gonna"- ellision is used in the form of the word "gonna"
"Who done dis card?" - phonological substitution is used in the form of "dis"
"Writed" - Overgeneralization
"Look what i drawed." - Regulatory

Lamide Ojutalayo AB15

Dan said...

These are all good answers, so it's tricky to decide between them . But there can be only 2 Haribo prizes (until I get a pay rise). So... Serena you get one for your answer (which I'd probably give 10/10 to) and Patrice and Lesley you get the second prize (which I'd probably give 8 or 9/10 to).

All of these would have been 8 out of 10 or above, if they were written out fully in the exam (e.g. full sentences and quick explanations of exactly which consonant you're talking about on hab/have).

It's also probably worth saying that you should avoid using what's called a "deficit model" when talking about child language i.e. try not to talk about errors, mistakes and failing because you're not really being asked to judge the language, but analyse it.

Also, if you talk about functions be sure to say "x is an example of Halliday's personal function as it expresses feelings" just to be sure the examiner sees why you've picked it out.

Finally, with something like elision (gonna), it is worth picking out, but only if you link it to something specific about language development e.g. "The child has used elision in the verb phrase gonna, which indicates that they might have picked up shortened forms from people around them."

Anyway, they're all good answers.