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May 29, 1937

Studies in Infant Speech and Thought. Part I: The Development of Sentence Structure in Infancy from the Viewpoint of Grammar; A Quantitative Analysis of the Continuous Speech Record of Two Infants

JAMA. 1937;108(22):1915. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780220073033

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Abstract

"The main purpose of the present study was to evolve methods rather than to draw conclusions from the elaborated material." The primary object of this record is to work out a method that would show the language development of the child. This is a valuable type of study and it is apparently written with no thesis to prove but with an objective point of view. It is a highly technical study in monograph form with many valuable charts and tables. It is modestly stated, which perhaps is not so usual in monographs but that it might be mentioned. It is the study of the observations of two mothers of their two children, one a boy 1 year and 4 months of age at the beginning of the study and the second a child of 2 years and 8 months. In the study of the first child, 4,500 utterances were recorded

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