ERIC Number: ED175551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Mother of Eve -- As a First Language Teacher.
Moerk, Ernst L.
A mother's interactions with her young daughter were studied with special emphasis placed upon the frequencies of linguistically instructional input and the strategies employed to provide this information. The girl was between 18 and 28 months old and her mean length of utterance (MIU) was between 1.5 and 4.3 morphemes. Only maternal input was analyzed. Taxonomies and frequency data were established. After demonstrating through independently established data that frequencies of input are of considerable importance for the order of acquisition of specific linguistic skills, observed sample frequencies and estimated overall frequencies were computed. Between 600 and 1,700 items of linguistically instructional input per hour were observed in the various transcribed samples, which leads to an estimate for total instructional input of around 300,000 items per month and around 3,500,000 per year. The instructional techniques that could be categorized and differentiated amounted to around 400 per hour and an estimate of around 115,000 per month. Input frequencies might therefore be important factors in first language acquisition. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Input Frequencies (Verbal)
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (San Francisco, California, March 15-18, 1979)