School-age syntax

Tue Nov 4 23:13:16 UTC 1997

I am looking for recent research (especially summaries) of children's
syntactic development during the school years. I have looked through two
recent language acquisition textbooks, Berko-Gleason's 'The Development of
Language' and Owens' 'Language Development'. Most of the research they
cite is either rather old or focuses on particular constructions such as
passive or anaphora.

I teach a class for future language arts teachers and would like to give
them an overview of how children's syntax increases in complexity over the
school years, in terms of increase in types and frequency of
subordination, as well as mastery of sentence types such as clefts,
pseudo-clefts, etc.

Any tips or references would be appreciated. I will post a summary to the

Johanna Rubba   Assistant Professor, Linguistics              ~
English Department, California Polytechnic State University   ~
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407                                     ~
Tel. (805)-756-2184  E-mail: jrubba at      ~

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