If an elementary program included writing activities from the beginning of first grade, migpt students' written language be as syntactically complex as their oral language? A review of the literature found no study in which a comparison of syntactic features had been made between first-graders' oral and written utterances. The purpose of the present study, therefore, was to compare the same subjects' oral and written language samples. Using T-unit analysis, 19 first-graders' oral and written language samples were compared to determine similarities and differences in specific syntactic structures.
Lehnert, L. (1982). A Comparison of Syntactic Structures in First-Graders' Oral and Written Language. Reading Horizons, 22 (4). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol22/iss4/6