primary research (extracting and analyzing your own data from CHILDES); and
secondary research, where you synthesize readings, and expand or elaborate on what you read there.
investigate the question of the development of information structure and word order in child language using the CHILDES database and the CLAN software, and then to report and interpret your findings. There are many dimensions under which you can explore these topics, you are responsible for selecting and justifying an appropriate research question, an appropriate range of ages to examine, and your research method. You can narrow the actual constructions examined, and possibly choose specific lexical items to target, design (longitudinal or cross sectional), what is the target population (bilingual/monolingual/disordered/a language other than English). You must analyze 4 separate files, and produce an empirical report that shows clear relevance to the main themes
You may expand your readings from the various articles cited by these works, but keeping in mind that the core of the essay is your own CHILDES search and analysis on your topic rather than extensive reading.
To learn about these topics, you may take as your point of departure on the reading attached:
The development of linear ordering preferences in child language:the influence of accessibility and topicality (see attached file)