ERIC Number: ED238297
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec-28
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Romanian: Theory and Practice.
Carlton, Charles M.
Romanian is characterized by a richness of surface forms that are difficult to classify and even more difficult for the learner to assimilate. There is much instructional material available in Romanian, and in a survey of fifty works published outside the country, four categories emerged: teaching materials, pedagogical grammars, grammars, and readers. Four works in the first category were examined to determine to what degree they deal with the complexities of Romanian forms. Conversations and dialogs from the works were compared with a list of 1,607 high-frequency items compiled from several studies, and occurrences were compiled in these inflectional categories: number, gender, case, definitization, deicticization, person, mood, and tense. The results reflect the abundance of primary forms in the language and certain preferences in speech: for the singular over the plural, nominative and accusative over all others, indicative mood, present tense, third person, and feminine over masculine and neuter. In developing teaching materials, authors should present both the norms and variants, balancing the primary forms with the many surface forms. A statistical analysis of Romanian usage is necessary for improved Romanian teaching and learning. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Inflection (Grammar)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association (100th, New York, NY, December 28, 1983).