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Linguistic Complexity and its Relation to Language and Literacy Education


Le, T and Yue, Y and Le, Q, Linguistic Complexity and its Relation to Language and Literacy Education, Language and Literacy Education in a Challenging World, Nova Science Publishers, T Le, Q Le and M Short (ed), New York, pp. 23-32. ISBN 978-1-61761-198-8 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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The notion ‘complexity’ is inherent in science and mathematics. Children are expected to progress from simple concepts to complex ones and these concepts are often organized in a hierarchical structure. However, it is not so in literacy education as the notion "linguistic complexity" has posed some challenges not only to teachers but also linguists. Intuitively teachers can comfortably identify written texts on the basis of linguistic complexity but there are no clearly defined criteria to guide them so that they can use to monitor children’s reading and writing development. This chapter examines some aspects of linguistic complexity and attempts to provide some insights into literacy teaching.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:complexity, density, grammar, nominalisation, T-Unit
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and curriculum not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Le, T (Dr Thao Le)
UTAS Author:Yue, Y (Dr Yun Yue)
UTAS Author:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
ID Code:66990
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2011-02-22
Last Modified:2017-10-16
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