UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Name of Author: 
Koh, Alvin Ming Chuen
Institute: 
National Institute of Education
Year of completion: 
2002
Country: 
Singapore
Country of Research Data: 
Singapore
Language: 
English
Comments: 

An Academic Exercise submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

Abstract: 

This paper presents a case study, investigating two children's interpretation of simple ditransitive sentences through drawing. The two children, Ruby and Edwin, were respectively 12 and 8 years old during this case study. The qualitative nature of this case study is a new and unexplored field which investigates how linguistic signs in the form of simple ditransitive sentences are reinterpreted through visual signs in the form of drawing. While many research papers focus on one type of sign, this paper sets out to investigate the interaction between linguistic and visual signs, exploring issues such as the order of the constituents of the sentences "drawn", the concept of tense in their drawings and interpersonal meaning of the drawings.

This paper hypothesises that when translating the linguistic signs into visual signs, the two children did not process the constituents of the sentences in a linear order from left to right and that the younger child, Ruby, may not be aware of the concept of tense in most of her drawings. On the other hand, Edwin seerns to be able to distinguish between the past tense and "future" tense in some of his drawings.

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