ERIC Number: ED146780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Impoverished State of Cross-Sectional Morpheme Acquisition/Accuracy Methodology. (or: The Leftovers Are More Nourishing Than the Main Course.) Working Papers on Bilingualism, No. 14.
Andersen, Roger W.
Current cross-sectional morpheme accuracy methodology whittles away the data until what remains in the final analysis is less interesting than what has been discarded. These methods of analysis obscure and eliminate variation in individual production of the morphemes under study and fail to reveal true systematicity in the data. Using data on eight verb-related morphemes, three "s" morphemes, and the use of articles from a study of Puerto Rican learners of English as a second language, the inadequacies in these methods are pointed out, and several improvements are suggested which will reveal whatever systematicity there is in the data without eliminating the individual variation which is so typical of learner interlanguage. (Author/CLK)
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Bilingualism, Data Analysis, Determiners (Languages), English (Second Language), Form Classes (Languages), Function Words, Language Instruction, Language Research, Language Usage, Language Variation, Morphology (Languages), Nouns, Puerto Ricans, Research Methodology, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Verbs, Written Language
Bilingual Education Project, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1V6 (as long as supply lasts).
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 008 939-941; Paper presented at the Second Language Acquisition Research Forum (Los Angeles, California, February 13, 1977)