ERIC Number: ED108521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation into Linguistic Cues Involved in English Noun Pluralization of Six-Year-Old Mexican-American Children. Final Report.
Natalicio, Luiz F. S.; Natalicio, Diana S.
The purpose of this research was to investigate the effects of initial consonants, especially /s/, on the pluralization of English nouns by both native English- and native Spanish-speaking first grade pupils. A test instrument consisting of nonsense syllable trigrams was constructed based on linguistic descriptions of English noun pluralization. Accompanied by visual stimuli, this instrument was administered to 120 six-year-old children in the El Paso area. Results of the data analysis indicate that there is no significant effect of initial /s/ on successful noun pluralization, although /s/ is more frequently associated with misarticulations in both singular and plural responses. Results are discussed in terms of linguistic rules for pluralization, differences between pluralization strategies of native English and native Spanish speakers, and sources of /s/ misarticulations. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Regional Research Program.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., El Paso.