ERIC Number: ED186885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Frequency and Percentage of Words Containing Latin Prefixes and Roots in the Harris-Jacobson Core List.
Luyster, Ellen M.
A study is described in this paper that was conducted to determine the frequency and percentage of words containing Latin prefixes and roots in the "Harris Jacobson Core List" (Basic Elementary Reading Vocabularies, 1972). The results of the study indicate that the percentage of words containing Latin prefixes and roots increases significantly with each grade level, and a total of 13 Latin prefixes and 17 Latin roots were found to occur ten or more times. It is concluded that knowledge of certain Latin prefixes and roots will provide clues to the meanings of a significant number of words in the "Harris Jacobson Core List." Generalizations are provided to help instructors and pupils more easily recognize Latin roots and prefixes in English words, and related research is reviewed on the usefulness of teaching Latin affixes and roots to improve Enlgish vocabulary skills. Tables are provided showing the prefixes and roots that occurred ten or more times, indicating the frequency of their use on each grade level and their percentage in relation to the total number of words for that grade level. Appendixes include alphabetical listings of the words that contain the roots that occur ten or more times, and the grade level of the words is noted. (MKM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Harris Jacobson Core List
Note: M. A. Thesis, Kean College