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ERIC Number: ED091944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 106
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The Grammatical Theory of Contrastive Analysis: A New Approach.
Anwar, Mohamed Sami
This work asserts that contrastive analysis should be regarded as a technique of research and not limited to error prediction and material preparation. Introductory observations are made on the state of the field, the domain of contrastive analysis, contrastive analysis and transfer, and contrastive analysis and foreign language instruction. In considering the psychological reality of contrastive theory, the established theories of error predictability and interference are shown to be unsuitable, because in the learning of a foreign language, the native and foreign grammars interact, forming a "super-grammar," the evidence for which is drawn from psychology, theoretical grammar models, and linguistics facts. To support the validity of the "super-grammar" theory, current contrastive analysis approaches are demonstrated to be deficient because they separate the components of languages in order to contrast them, thereby ignoring the fact that language learning involves the internalization of the structure of a language as a whole. Because this kind of analysis is faulty, a new, more comprehensive approach is necessary, one which answers the question, "How are syntactic structures organized to convey meaning?" rather than "How are syntactic structures organized when viewed in isolation?" This new view considers extralinguistic factors as well as linguistic factors. (LG)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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