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ERIC Number: ED180267
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of the Order of Acquisition of English Grammatical Morphemes in a Bilingual Child. Working Papers on Bilingualism, No. 18.
This longitudinal study of bilingual language acquisition analyzes the order of acquisition of English grammatical morphemes in a child bilingual in English and Chichewa (a Bantu lanugage of East Central Africa). The order of acquisition obtained is compared to that obtained by Brown (1973) for monolingual English speaking children and that obtained by Hakuta (1974) for a child second-language learner. No correlation is found between the present study and either Brown's study or Hakuta's. An explanation of the results is attempted in an examination of the possible factors influencing the order of acquisition obtained. These influences are considered to be both external input and internal grammatical/semantic complexity of the English morphemes, presence/absence of equivalent morphemes in the other language, etc. It is concluded that all these factors affect the order of acquisition of grammatical morphemes in a bilingual child. (Author)
Descriptors: Bantu Languages, Bilingual Students, Bilingualism, Child Language, Cognitive Development, English, Grammar, Interference (Language), Language Acquisition, Language Patterns, Language Processing, Language Research, Longitudinal Studies, Monolingualism, Morphemes, Morphology (Languages), Psycholinguistics, Second Language Learning
Bilingual Education Project, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M58 1V6
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of the Secretary of State, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto. Bilingual Education Project.