ERIC Number: ED181744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Value of Morpheme Order Studies for Second Language Learning. Working Papers on Bilingualism, No. 18.
The results from three studies using data provided by the SLOPE Test and oral interviews are reported. The studies include: (1) a comparison of rank orders obtained over a period of time; (2) a comparison of rank orders obtained in instrument-elicited and spontaneous speech; and (3) a comparison of results obtained using two methods of analysis, rank ordering and error analysis. The results of these studies suggest that morpheme rank ordering, using cross-sectional data and based upon instrument-elicited speech, can be a valid method of analysis. Certain limitations to this method are noted, however, for morpheme ordering appears to obscure important data. A recommendation is made for supplementing results with other types of analysis which examine the basic forms produced by language learners. (Author)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, English (Second Language), Error Analysis (Language), Language Acquisition, Language Processing, Language Research, Literature Reviews, Morphemes, Second Language Learning, Structural Analysis, Syntax, Testing
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.