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The use of English derivational forms by Malaysian ESL learners: a linguistics analysis

Enzai, Ida Melina and Mohammad Lotfie, Maskanah (2017) The use of English derivational forms by Malaysian ESL learners: a linguistics analysis. IIUM Press, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ISBN 978-967-418-558-9

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Abstract

This book presents an investigation on the production of English derivational forms by Malaysian secondary school students. Although the use of the forms has been the subject of study in numerous ESL settings, the same cannot generally be said in the Malaysian context. Being one of the main sources for English vocabulary, derivational morphological process is an essential yet complex aspect of English language learning. ESL learners struggle in their effort to become competent English language users because their success is substantially dependent on and reflected by their use of derivational forms. In this study, a comprehensive analysis conducted on derivatives produced in 90 essays has identified the types of derivations used by the learners. Neutral and non-neutral affixes underlie the classifications of the derived forms. The find-ings, which come with theoretical and pedagogical implications, indicate that neutral affixes are more prevalently used. More accurately formed words with neutral affixes have been identified. This study also provides a new insight into the use of adjectival and adverbial affixes whereby these specific affixes have been considered as less commonly used forms by English language users. There is evidence that the written output of the learners who were involved in this study who have different levels of English language proficiency contains considerable use of adjectival and adverbial derivatives.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: 1358/65928
Uncontrolled Keywords: use of English, derivational forms, Malaysian, ESL learners
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1705 Education and training of teachers
P Language and Literature > PE English
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of English Language & Literature
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Maskanah Mohammad Lotfie
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2018 14:42
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2018 14:42
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/65928

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