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Topics: Pronoun, Scientific method, Brian MacWhinney Pages: 3 (872 words) Published: April 21, 2014
University of Malaya
Research Project Proposal
TXGB 6106
Psychology of Language Learning

Name:Siti Nur Najmin bt. Aminuddin Student No.

Topic: Can Toddy Give Me an Orange? Parent Input and Young Children’s Production of I and You

Purpose: explore the ways in which children respond to parent input as they discover the meaning and use of I and you. We utilized corpora from the CHILDES database (MacWhinney, 2000) to examine the relation between parent patterns of self- and other-reference and the developmental trajectories of pronoun use for self- and other-reference by their children.

Objectives: 1. To describe in detail both parent input patterns and child patterns of pronoun production.
2. To test the hypothesis (cf. Chiat,1986; Macnamara, 1982; Oshima- Takane, 1999) that parent input that deviates from standard English usage, that is, input that contains a mix of person names and personal pronouns, will enable children to more easily map pronouns to the conversational roles of speaker and listener.

Research Questions:

Theoretical Framework:

Researchers tried to explore the ways in which children respond to parent input as they discover the meaning and use of I and you. They utilized corpora from the CHILDES database (MacWhinney, 2000) toexamine the relation between parent patterns of self- and other-reference and the developmental trajectories of pronoun use for self- and other-reference by their children

Research Methodology:

In order to locate corpora for the study, we searched the entire CHILDES database (MacWhinney,2000) for cases that ideally met the following criteria for children’s use of I and you: at least a monthly observation schedule; at least one month of observation available before a child’s productive used of self-reference terms,...
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