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ERIC Number: ED079723
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 212
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Morphological Features of the Speech of White and Negro Students in a Southern (Mississippi) Community.
Howell, Ralph Daniel
Morphological features in the speech of Southern white and Negro students at four grade levels were studied by an instrument designed to test the students' knowledge of fifteen inflectional endings (including the allomorphs of the regular plural, singular possessive and third person singular present, absence of the plural possessive, and the comparative and superlative endings) and four derivational endings (-er, -ness, -less, and -able). Results found (1) grade differences on 18 out of 19 endings except for the singular possessive allomorph, (2) racial differences on all endings, (3) differences in levels of application on 17 out of 19 endings except for the comparative and superlative morphemes; significant interaction between (4) grade and race on 8 endings, (5) grade and level of application on 5 endings, (6) race and level of application on 11 endings; and significant triple interaction among (7) grade, race, and level of application on 7 endings. It was concluded that both white and Negro children enter school without a mastery of the common forms of English morphology. Both groups increase in their ability to use these endings, but the white become proficient earlier. The differences on level of application indicate that in most cases these students were not able to transfer morphological rules from familiar to novel situations. (Author/HOD)
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