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ERIC Number: ED012921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Dec
Pages: 16
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Reference Count: 0
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THE ACQUISITION OF SPANISH GRAMMAR BY MEXICAN CHILDREN.
BLOUNT, B.G.; KERNAN, KEITH T.
USING THE METHODOLOGY DEVISED BY JEAN BERKO (1958) TO TEST AMERICAN CHILDREN ON THEIR INTERNALIZATION OF ENGLISH GRAMMATICAL RULES, 92 MEXICAN CHILDREN OF CIUDAD GUZMAN, JALISCO, WERE TESTED TO DETERMINE THEIR INTERNALIZATION OF SPANISH GRAMMAR. THE CHILDREN WERE FROM THE LOWER SOCIO-ECONOMIC CLASS, AS WERE THE 18 ADULTS WHO TOOK THE SAME TEST TO DETERMINE "CORRECT" RESPONSES. ONE GROUP OF 30 CHILDREN RANGED IN AGE FROM 4 TO 7, THE SAME AGES AS THE CHILDREN IN BERKO'S GROUP. THE OTHER TWO GROUPS, OF EQUAL SIZE, WERE CHILDREN FROM 8 TO 10 YEARS AND 11 TO 12 YEARS OLD. THERE WERE APPROXIMATELY AN EQUAL NUMBER OF BOYS AND GIRLS IN EACH GROUP. THE TEST REQUIRED THE CHILDREN TO APPLY A BASIC GRAMMATICAL RULE (THE FORMATION OF PLURALS, DIMINUTIVES, AGENTIVES, VERB FORMS, OR POSSESSIVES) TO A NONSENSE WORD. THE PROCESS OF INTERNALIZATION WAS WELL UNDER WAY IN THE YOUNGEST CHILDREN AND CONTINUED AT A SIGNIFICANT RATE SO THAT THE 11-12 AGE GROUP DEMONSTRATED A COMMAND OF MOST OF THE GRAMMATICAL CATEGORIES TESTED. THERE WAS NO SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BOYS AND GIRLS IN THE ACQUISITION OF THESE RULES. RESULTS OF THIS TEST SHOW THE PROFITABILITY OF APPLYING TECHNIQUES DEVISED FOR THE STUDY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE ACQUISITION TO OTHER LANGUAGES. THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN "ANTHROPOLOGICAL LINGUISTICS," VOL. 8, NO. 9, DEC., 1966. (JD)
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Identifiers: Berko (Jean); MEXICO; Mexico (Ciudad Guzman)