ERIC Number: ED076084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Multilingual Speakers' Problems in Decoding in a Second Language.
Kaldor, Susan; Shell, Ruth
Through an experiment investigating the processes used by several speakers of Asian languages to decode passages by speakers of Australian English, this paper seeks to establish and categorize the types of problems encountered by multilingual speakers when decoding the speech of monolingual speakers in one of their (the multilinguals') second languages. The paper first sketches the differences between problems of encoding and decoding by a multilingual when communicating with a monolingual in one of his (the multilingual's) second languages. The authors then present a preliminary typology of decoding problems of multilingual speakers. Three main types of errors are isolated: omissions, intrusions, and replacements. Subtypes under these headings are considered and the relative roles of the phonological, semantic, and syntactic mechanisms are discussed. The final remarks pose questions for further research with a view to consideration of the differences between monolingual and multilingual decoding. (VM)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Communication Problems, Communication (Thought Transfer), Comparative Analysis, Educational Experiments, English, Error Patterns, Language Research, Learning Problems, Linguistic Competence, Monolingualism, Multilingualism, Phonology, Psycholinguistics, Second Language Learning, Second Languages, Semantics, Suprasegmentals, Surface Structure, Syntax
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Monash Univ., Clayton, Victoria (Australia).
Note: In Linguistic Communications, 2, 1970