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Query Details

Query Subject:   Guidance for Research on Syntactic Development
Author:   Ubaid Khan
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Sociolinguistics
Cognitive Science

Query:   I want to conduct a research on the topic ''Impact of social class on
cognitive development of syntax among learners of English as FL''. I
need your guidance on the following areas:-

i. How to delimit my sample in a way that the factor affecting L2
development (other than social class)such as ethnicity or L1 etc. can
be controlled and only the impact of social class on development of
Syntax could be checked?

ii. Whether in Research Methodology I should say that my research is
''descriptive cor-relational ex-post-facto research''? (Since it would
describe the correlation of social class and syntactic development, and
ex-post-facto because it would measure cognitive development of
syntax emerging as a result of input already given in form of classroom
teaching of a certain period before the time of data collection)

iii. Whether it would be appropriate to develop social class scale to
measure the social class of participants and correlate the scale with the
scale of syntactic development?

I will highly appreciate your kind guidance.
LL Issue: 22.3997
Date posted: 12-Oct-2011


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