Morphological Awareness of Indonesian Kindergarten Children Aged 5-6: A Case of Inflection

Eri Kurniawan, Mochamad Salim Maridi Nurdiansyah

Abstract

The purpose of the study is to provide empirical description of morphological awareness of Indonesian children aged 5-6 in terms of the ability to identify inflectional morphemes on verbs, specifically on prefix me(N)-, be(R)-, di-, and ter-. This study employs quantitative descriptive approach. The data are collected from an instrument called prefix choice task which consists of 15 test items. The participants are 17 children of a kindergarten in Bandung which consist of nine female children and eight male children. The result shows that children are able to demonstrate morphological awareness skill, but, the awareness is somehow incomplete (53%). The aspect of the awareness can be seen from several aspects: sentence forms (active-passive), verbal forms (transitive-intransitive), type of morphemes, and specific morphemes types. The study also found that generally female children have better morphological awareness than male children. Unlike English which can be simply divided into derivational and inflectional awareness, the study also suggests that the complexity of morphological features of Bahasa Indonesia contributes to the extent of the awareness that is being measured and further investigations in relation with other language development aspects are recommended.

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Kurniawan E. and Nurdiansyah M. (2017). Morphological Awareness of Indonesian Kindergarten Children Aged 5-6: A Case of Inflection.In The Tenth Conference on Applied Linguistics and The Second English Language Teaching and Technology Conference in collaboration with The First International Conference on Language, Literature, Culture, and Education - Volume 1: CONAPLIN and ICOLLITE, ISBN 978-989-758-332-2, pages 134-139. DOI: 10.5220/0007163301340139


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@conference{conaplin and icollite17,
author={Eri Kurniawan and Mochamad Salim Maridi Nurdiansyah},
title={Morphological Awareness of Indonesian Kindergarten Children Aged 5-6: A Case of Inflection},
booktitle={The Tenth Conference on Applied Linguistics and The Second English Language Teaching and Technology Conference in collaboration with The First International Conference on Language, Literature, Culture, and Education - Volume 1: CONAPLIN and ICOLLITE,},
year={2017},
pages={134-139},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0007163301340139},
isbn={978-989-758-332-2},
}


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TY - CONF

JO - The Tenth Conference on Applied Linguistics and The Second English Language Teaching and Technology Conference in collaboration with The First International Conference on Language, Literature, Culture, and Education - Volume 1: CONAPLIN and ICOLLITE,
TI - Morphological Awareness of Indonesian Kindergarten Children Aged 5-6: A Case of Inflection
SN - 978-989-758-332-2
AU - Kurniawan E.
AU - Nurdiansyah M.
PY - 2017
SP - 134
EP - 139
DO - 10.5220/0007163301340139