Theory, Model, Method

Activity: Elicitation of Responses

The material below was used in an experiment with pre-school children. The aim of this experiment was to investigate the children's knowlege of morphological rules. The material below was designed to elicit the plural morpheme on nouns. Additional pictures and test sentences were made up in order to elicit other morpheme types. For example the past tense morpheme of verbs was elicited as follows: Picture showing a man standing on the ceiling. "This is a man who knows how to bing. He did the same thing yesterday. What did he do yesterday? Yesterday he ___________." Note that the nouns and verbs which the tested morphemes had to be attached to were invented.

(source: Jean Berko. 'The Child's Learning of English Morphology'. In: Lust, B. C. & Foley, C. 2004. First Language Acquisition. The Essential Readings. Blackwell: 262. (Reprint))

Make up a similar design to elicit

  1. the third person singular morpheme (i.e. he work-s)
  2. the comparative of adjectives (i.e. small-er).

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