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ERIC Number: ED362051
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Pages: 22
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Frisian Diminutive Formation among Frisian and Dutch Primary School Children.
Ytsma, Jehannes
A mounting degree of language contact between the linguistically related varieties of Frisian and Dutch might undermine the structural integrity of Frisian. Focusing on the suffixation paradigm, this study explores how and to what extent this is occurring. Data gathered for this research is part of a larger project concerning Frisian as a first and second language among primary school children (Ytsma, 1991). Subjects were 208 students in grade 5 and 202 students in grade 8; 202 were Frisian-speaking and 208 spoke Dutch at home. Schools were categorized according to language environment, or language contact situations. Subjects completed an oral elicitation test that examined diminutive formation, and questionnaires measuring language attitudes and motivation. Findings support the argument that the Frisian children achieve reasonably well on the diminutive formation test. The oldest Frisian children (grade 8) perform slightly better than those in grade 5. The Dutch children applied the Frisian diminutive forms with great difficulty and the variability of their test scores is relatively high. Dutch children in the most prominent Frisian language environment generally achieved better than those in less Frisian environments. Dutch children generally displayed a fairly negative attitude toward Frisian and were poorly motivated to learn the language. (Contains 37 references.) (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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