Date of Award

Summer 1971

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Policy and Leadership


Recent research adopting transformational-generative grammar as a model suggested the possibility of applying the new technique to study relationships between visual speech reading and varying syntactic structures. The purposes of this study were (1) to determine some of the relationships between selected sentence structure variations of transformational-generative grammar and the visual comprehension of speech. In the search for clues to determine relationships, the following specific purposes were further delineated. (1.0) To create materials and procedures to test selected sentence structures defined by the theory of transformational-generative grammar. The instrument devised is the Visual Speech Test of Syntactic Variations: Basic Sentence Patterns and Single Base Transformations (VSTSV). (1.2) To determine of there is a relationship between the selected sentence structures and the comprehension and recall of those structures when communicated in the medium of visual speech. (1.3) To determine of an ordered comprehension and recall relationship exists among the selected sentence structures when communicated in the medium of visual speech. (2.) To recommend direction in curriculum planning to the School of Speech for the course Hearing Rehabilitation in light of the relationships found by this study.



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