A Study on the Morpho-syntactic Profiles of Syrian Children Learning Turkish as a Second Language

  • Lütfi ÜrediEmail author
  • Ömer Gökhan Ulum
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)


Having a multifaceted complex structure, language is a combination of a pile of mental states or thoughts which are transferred by means of shared rules or principles created on the grounds of phonology, morphology, and semantics. Language, being such a humanly and complicated formation, is highly in touch with a group of pertinent scientific zones like psychology and sociology, and this interaction may mirror the morpho-syntactic features of people. That is to say, selecting and forming any word, structuring a full sentence, and seeing the meaning of the sentence necessitate intricate rules or phases. With respect to this phenomenon, intricate mental or cognitive processes might be challenged in second language learning which means picking up the syntactic rules of a language and converting these rules into language skills. In this study, ten Syrian children, being educated in a primary school and owning different psychological schemas, as well as being not at similar ages, were inspected. The children were required to talk about the picture book Smile Please by Sanjiv Jaiswal “Sanjay” in Turkish language, and the narrations were audiotaped by the researchers. Being formed on a descriptive research design, the data were gathered and analyzed qualitatively. As a consequence of the study that checked the general morpho-syntactic profiles of Syrian children, both different and shared morpho-syntactic characteristics were found out.


Primary school Syntax Morpho-syntactic Syrian children Turkish as a second language 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mersin University, Education FacultyMersinTurkey
  2. 2.Adana Science and Technology UniversityAdanaTurkey

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