Usage, Syntactic Maturity and Syntactic Development of Subordinate Clauses Among NUL Students


  • 'Matšitso Eugenia Maleke National University of Lesotho


Many scholars became interested in looking at the syntactic maturity of students in their writing. In investigating this, they set themselves different measures. The current study explores usage, syntactic maturity and syntactic development of subordinate clauses among the National University of Lesotho (NUL) second and third year English language and Linguistics students. They were requested to perform the task ofwriting an essay on given topic. The findings of the present study reveal that NUL students have a reasonably high level of syntactic maturity in their writing as shown by how they used subordinate clauses. The data also demonstrate that there is no difference between second and third year students as far as the use of subordinate clauses is concerned. The study concludes that one year difference between the two years of study is not a great difference academically, which is why there is no difference in syntactic development in NUL students’ writing as measured through the use of subordinate clauses.



2015-01-01 — Updated on 2021-05-14


How to Cite

Maleke, ’Matšitso E. (2021). Usage, Syntactic Maturity and Syntactic Development of Subordinate Clauses Among NUL Students. TSEBO: Journal of Humanities, 2(5), 82–91. Retrieved from (Original work published January 1, 2015)



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