A morphemic measure of early language development: Data from modern Hebrew

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Abstract

Given the nature of Hebrew as a highly synthetic language with rich bound morphology, an attempt was made to establish a measure corresponding to the MLU for a language such as English. The method of calculating MPU (morpheme-per-utteranee) which is described here was tried out on 38 Hebrew-speaking children aged 2;0 to 3;0, and measured for internal consistency against different types of elicitation procedures, and for validity by comparison with the subjects’ performance on a specially-devised measure of syntactic-semantic development. The results clearly indicate that the MPU is a useful developmental index of the linguistic proficiency of two- to three-year-old Hebrew speakers. Implications of this finding for intra-linguistic and cross-linguistic evaluation are then discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-424
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Child Language
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1982

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