The paper considers the writing abilities of Hebrew-speaking grade school and middle school students from mid-high compared with low SES backgrounds, as reflected in stories and compositions they wrote on the topic of friendship. A range of linguistic means of expression were employed as diagnostic of school-age written text construction, focusing on the lexicon and including both devices applicable in different languages (overall text length in words and clauses, syntactic clause density, and lexical diversity and density as reflected in proportions of content words) as well as Hebrew-specific features (verb-pattern morphology and construct-state noun compounds). Analyses showed these features to differentiate across the independent variables of the study-age-schooling level, and SES background, and text genre (narrative vs. expository). In terms of genre, expository-type essays usually had denser and more lexically diverse texture than stories. In developmental perspective, lexical diagnostics improved in the texts produced by 13–14 year-olds in comparison with those of 9–10 year-olds. Finally, texts produced by middle-class children attending well-established schools were in general of better lexical quality than those produced by children from disadvantaged backgrounds attending low-achieving schools. Keywords:linguistic usage; school-age language development; SES background; discourse genre; clause length; text length, lexical quality; Hebrew
Seroussi, Batia, Anat Stavans & Sara Zadunaisky-Ehrlich
2021. Relations between literacy-related abilities and the lexical quality of expository texts of Hebrew-speaking children (Relaciones entre habilidades relacionadas con el aprendizaje de la lengua escrita y la calidad léxica de los textos expositivos de niños hebreo-parlantes). Journal for the Study of Education and Development 44:1 ► pp. 47 ff.
Shenoy, Swathi & Sudhin Karuppali
2021. Determining the development of syntax in typically-developing Indian adolescents using a syntactic analysis package. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health 33:1
Trapman, Mirjam, Amos van Gelderen, Erik van Schooten & Jan Hulstijn
2018. Writing proficiency level and writing development of low-achieving adolescents: the roles of linguistic knowledge, fluency, and metacognitive knowledge. Reading and Writing 31:4 ► pp. 893 ff.
2014. Hebrew and Palestinian Arabic in Israel. Topics in Language Disorders 34:2 ► pp. 133 ff.
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