ERIC Number: ED239519
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Berko's Wug-Technique Revisited.
Berko's Wug-Technique, using invented words to test linguistic knowledge, has been used with a wide range of age groups, and test results have been treated identically when obtained from children who controlled fully the construction in question in their spontaneous speech or from children just acquiring it. A study of seven-year-old and two-year-old Hebrew speakers investigated their knowledge of pluralization of real and nonce (invented) nouns. The children's performance on the nonce test was compared to their performance with real nouns in test conditions (for the two-year-olds) and in naturalistc speech (for the seven-year-olds). It was found that the two groups differed significantly in their performance. While the two-year-olds mirrored in their plurals of nonce forms the developmental pattern typical of real nouns, the seven-year-olds' handling of the nonce forms radically departed from this pattern. It is suggested that the internal organization of linguistic knowledge of fluent speakers differs from that of speakers in the process of learning the language. It is also suggested that the nonce-word test may be more adequate for assessing the knowledge of a system as it is being learned than after it has become well-established. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Berko Wug Test; Nonsense Words
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (8th, Boston, MA, October 7-9, 1983).