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Volume :9 Issue : 36 1989      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The Development of Negative Structure in Children: Evidence from Jordanian Arabic

Auther : Lutfi Ahmad Abulhaija

The purpose of this paper is mainly to analyze the syntactic structures used to represent the different categories of negation in the speech of Jordanian Arabic-speaking children with Mean Length of Utterance (MLU) less than 4.0. The fieldwork of this project was conducted in the city of Irbid in the northern part of Jordan. The data collected primarily consists of tape-recorded spontaneous, naturally occurring and elicited speech from 15 children between the age of 2 1/2 and 8 years of age who were visited on the average of four and a half hours each. Three supplementary tests of the imitation, comprehension and production of negation were given. The analysis of negative utterances in all age groups suggests that utterances can he classified into two basic developmental stages on the basis of complexity of structure and underlying reference.

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