ERIC Number: ED418589
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Identification and Eradication of Linguistic Interferences in the Target Language.
A study conducted in grades 4 and 5 in French Canadian schools in Atlantic Canada and Ontario investigated differences between students' vernacular and standard spoken French, with regard to learning how to eliminate interference in students' learning of standard usage. The discussion focuses on mistakes caused by borrowings from English, including: direct and indirect objects in the vernacular, English, and French; verb phrases with "etre" in the vernacular, "to be" in English, and "avoir" in French; the preposition "dans" in vernacular and French; and "dessus" preposition in the vernacular, whose semantic content is closer to English than French. Several syntactic features of the vernacular differing from French are also examined. These results are presented as they are to a native French class. The paper concludes that the vernacular spoken by children in this area of Ontario should be treated for research purposes as a linguistic system, albeit unstable, similar to an interlanguage, and that a full description of it should have important pedagogical applications for French native language instruction. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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Identifiers: Canada; Canada (Maritime Provinces); French (Canadian); Ontario
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Conference on Foreign Language Teaching (Columbus, OH, April 10-13, 1997).