Use of Grammatical Morphemes –ed and –s in the spoken English of secondary school students
Muhammad Mukhtar Aliyu
This study examined the use of the grammatical morphemes –ed and –s in the spoken English of secondary school students. The study involved 52 senior secondary school students in North-Eastern Nigeria. Data of the study were collected through reading tasks and structured interviews. The findings show that majority of the participants have problems in the use of the grammatical morphemes –ed and –s. They either do not pronounce the morphemes at all or pronounce them wrongly. The findings further reveal factors that contributed to the participants’ wrong realisations of the morphemes. For instance, many of the participants are not aware that the morphemes are phonologically conditioned. Finally, the study makes some suggestions and recommendations on how to improve the students’ realisations of the morphemes in their spoken English.