Author: Cheung, Yuk-ching Serina
Title: The effectiveness of incidental acquisition of morphological knowledge in adolescent second language learners in Hong Kong
Advisors: Tay, Dennis (ENGL)
Degree: M.A.
Year: 2017
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
English language -- Vocabulary
English language -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- China -- Hong Kong
Department: Department of English
Pages: 48 pages
Language: English
Abstract: In this study, students from Form 2 and Form 4 of a secondary school in Hong Kong were tested for their sensitivity to suffixed and derived words in English. All students were administered one vocabulary size test and three word sensitivity tests which tested their knowledge of English suffixes; their ability to generalize their knowledge of suffixes; and their knowledge of base words and their derived forms. A short one-to-one interview was conducted with a small number of students after the tests were conducted from both forms to provide insight into the strategies used by students to explain morphologically complex words. The tests showed that student knowledge of inflectional suffixes was superior to derivational knowledge and that sensitivity to orthographic changes in derived words may not be easily inferred by students through incidental learning and may require explicit instruction.
Rights: All rights reserved
Access: restricted access

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