ERIC Number: ED232441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Comparison of the Productive Errors in Spanish First and Second Language Acquisition: A Preliminary Study.
Productive errors in the Spanish of 3 Spanish-speaking children and 115 adults learning Spanish as a second language are analyzed. The errors are organized into three categories--lexical, morphological, and syntactic--and each category is further divided according to the type of cognitive error-processing strategy shown: simplification, reduction of syntactic redundancies, rule overgeneralization, native strategy, and developmental stage. The pattern of errors suggests that adults and children use similar cognitive processes in language acquisition, particularly in the area of rule overgeneralization. It is concluded that adult Spanish as second language acquisition is similar to child acquisition of Spanish as a native language. This conclusion suggests the plausibility of universal cognitive strategies for language acquisition that are neither language nor age specific. A list of the subjects' errors is appended. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Master's Thesis, San Diego State University.