AN INVESTIGATION OF STYLISTIC ANALYSIS OF NURSERY RHYMES IN NURSERY SCHOOLS

AN INVESTIGATION OF STYLISTIC ANALYSIS OF NURSERY RHYMES IN NURSERY SCHOOLS

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

Background to the Study

Listening abilities and pronunciation develop primarily through exposure and practice; these are aspects that cannot be mastered easily through explicit learning (Ellis, 2008). Through listening, and reciting English nursery rhymes, children would learn about rhyming words, notice the rhythm of English language, and begin to develop awareness of English speech sounds, which can further enhance their later reading achievement (Bryant, Bradley, Maclean, &Crossland, 2009). There is general confusion to distinguish nursery rhymes with songs. There are some definitions about nursery rhymes. According to Logman Dictionary (2018), Nursery rhymes is a short traditional song or rhyme for children. From the definition above it is clear enough that nursery rhymes is suitable for young learners or children. Cambridge dictionary  asserted that  nursery rhymes is a short and usually very old rhyme or song for young learners. Endraswara (2009), explained that Nursery rhymes are songs that has a cheerful and fun vibes,that also consist meaningful lyrics. According to Brandon (2016) nursery rhymes build early literacy. In nursery rhymes there are so many repetitions of short words and phrases.

Listening to the same phrase and word over and over again helps the young learners to improve their memory or cognitive development of new word or tone in the nursery rhymes. This is also supported by Kenny (2005) who said nursery rhymes can help pupils ’ cognitive development because nursery rhymes are formed into patterns which is easier for pupils  to recall and memorize the nursery rhymes and short phrases. Not only phrases, nursery rhymes also help pupils  to learn vocabularies. Nursery rhymes can help pupils  practice their vocabularies. Vocabularies in nursery rhymes usually consist monosyllabic words. To form a song the monosyllabic words are repeated. This will help the pupils  remember a specific word, and automatically make the student have richer vocabularies (Millington, 2011).

Statement of the problem

According to dictionary, nursery rhyme is a traditional rhyme or song for young children. Such as little jack Horner, Humpty Dumpty, and twinkletwinkle little star, etc. Collins English nursery rhymes are a beautifully illustrated collection of nearly 100 rhymes, chants and singing games. These rhymes have been sung, said and played to by English speaking children for many generations and still form a part every English speaking child’s upbringing. As teenagers who learn the words with their favourite pop song very quickly, the young learners are too.

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