ERIC Number: ED090957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Stanwix House Vocabulary Study: Plurals. Investigative Report Number 7227.
Wood, Penelope; Bond, Jack H.
Research analyzed: 1) the treatment of plurals in the Functional Basic Word List for Special Pupils (Stanwix House List), and 2) plural recognition by educable mentally handicapped (EMH) students. Review of the Stanwix House List revealed that plurals were treated as discrete vocabulary items. Using a small sample of EMH subjects, the researchers then tested the hypothesis that if a student knows a singular form, he will recognize the regular plural which adds--s or--es. Procedures for testing knowledge of plurals included: having subjects construct sentences using plurals, having them convert a sentence into a pattern calling for the plural form, and presenting subjects with simplified frames calling for plurals. Aural recognition of plurals was also tested. The results supported the hypothesis. It was concluded that, in using the Stanwix House List for the assessment of vocabulary level of materials, regularly formed plurals may be categorized at the same level as the singular form, but that irregular plurals should be thought of as separate words subject to their own recognition levels. This research was part of the development of an instrument to analyze the vocabulary level of films and test questions presented to EMH students. (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Media Services and Captioned Films Branch.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse City School District, NY.