Influenced by the statistical studies of Kellogg Hunt, Roy O'Donnell, and
Walter Loban, in 1986 I began some detailed statistical studies of the
writing of students in different grade levels. Because Hunt suggested that
advanced syntactic development probably occurs within clauses, in several
ways I went beyond their studies to explore how that internal develop may
happen. Over the years, I did more studies, but for the first time I have
put them all together in this section of the KISS site.
They are primarily intended
as background reference material for articles and, ideally, a book that
I would like to write, but you are welcome to use them. They include the
writing of students from third grade to college Freshmen, samples (from
plays) of oral language, and the writing of about three dozen professionals.
Included are the original texts, the coded statistical analysis of each
text, and statistical results from each sample.
All of the documents in
this section are in MS Word .doc format. You can get the Introduction
here, and from it you should be able to link to the various other documents.
All of these documents are in the same folder, so if you download them
and put them in the same folder, the links from one document to another
should work for you. If you do not have MS Word (or a program that can
open these documents), go to the Microsoft
site where you can get a free reader that will let you open and print
If you have problems getting
these documents, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.