ERIC Number: ED067952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May-31
Reference Count: 0
A Report on the Development of Negation in English by a Second Language Learner--Some Implications.
The question asked in this paper is whether children below the age of puberty who acquire a second language within the cultural context of that language acquire it in anything resembling the same developmental order that native speakers of the language acquire it. A seven-year-old Japanese boy's development in English negation structure provides the basis for a comparison with negation usage by peer-group native speakers. The study reveals similarities between the development of both and suggests a strong influence by the peer-group native speakers on the speech of the second language learner. The implication is that any English-as-a-second-language classes involving children below the age of puberty should have maximum peer involvement, peer interaction, and teacher involvement. (VM)
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Authoring Institution: Hawaii State Dept. of Education, Hilo.
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the Sixth Annual TESOL Convention, Washington, D. C., February 29, 1972