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ERIC Number: EJ849428
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0346-251X
Suffix Knowledge: Acquisition and Applications
Ward, Jeremy; Chuenjundaeng, Jitlada
System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, v37 n3 p461-469 Sep 2009
The purpose of this study is to investigate L2 learners' knowledge of complex word part analysis ("word-building"), with particular reference to two issues: suffix acquisition and to the use of word families as a counting tool. Subjects were two groups of EAP students in a Thai university. Results suggest that (1) the use of word families as a counting tool leads to highly misleading conclusions, especially with less proficient learners; (2) affix learning proceeds on the basis of stem to derived form and not vice versa; (3) the acquisition of stem + suffix occurs with certain particular suffixes before others; (4) such word-building schemas may depend on frequency of exposure. Implications for teaching are discussed. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Thailand