ERIC Number: ED123871
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Preliminary Report on the Development of Grammatical Morphemes in a Japanese Girl Learning English as a Second Language. Working Papers on Bilingualism, No. 3.
Speech samples were taken every two weeks for a period of 40 weeks from a five-year-old Japanese girl learning English as a second language through her environment. The presence or absence of some grammatical morphemes in linguistic or nonlinguistic obligatory context was scored; using Brown's (1973) criterion for morpheme acquisition, a rank order of these morphemes was determined. The order obtained was different from those of native English-speaking children. Possible determinants for this rank order are hypothesized in terms of (1) presence/nonpresence of that semantic notion expressed by those individual English morphemes in Japanese, (2) a principle of simplicity, and (3) phonological interference. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto. Bilingual Education Project.
Note: For related documents, see FL 006 676, FL 006 678, FL 006 679