ERIC Number: ED184301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Explaining Morpheme Accuracy Orders: Focus on Frequency. Proceedings of the Los Angeles Second Language Research Forum (1st, Los Angeles, California, February 11-13, 1977).
Rosansky, Ellen J.
The ordering of morphemes is examined in group cross-sectional studies of second language learner performance. It is studied in terms of ordering by internal frequency (i.e., the relative rank number of obligatory occasions supplied by the subject) and external frequency (i.e., the native adult frequency ordering of morphemes). There are statistically significant correlations between orders. However, ordering the morphemes by increasing variability attains a statistically significant correlation with the group performance. Yet, when the individual's cross-sectional morpheme accuracy rank orders are compared to internal and external frequency orders, there no longer appears to be such a correlation. When rank-ordering-by-frequency is considered with respect to longuitudinal data on a single individual, the relative accuracy ordering appears not to resemble the frequency ordering. Thus, when the commonly examined morphemes are ordered by grouping the performance data, similarities in orders can be found from group to group in terms of relative accuracy, internal frequencies, and increasing variability. These also parallel native adult orders. However, when the data are ungrouped and individual performance is examined, the individual accuracy orders do not appear to be similar to the ordering of morphemes by relative native frequency. (PMJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: One of several papers presented at the Los Angeles Second Language Forum.