ERIC Number: ED111209
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Towards Implicational Scales for Use in Chicano English Composition. Papers in Southwest English 1: Research Techniques and Prospects.
Dialect analysis should follow the procedure for analysis of a new language: collection of a corpus of words, stories, and sentences and identifying structural features of phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicon. Contrastive analysis between standard English and the native language is used and the ethnic dialect of English is described and compared with standard English. Variation study of the Mexican-American dialect is important to identify grammatical errors that can be corrected. Constrastive analysis explains and predicts first-language interference from maximal to minimal as the second language is learned. Error analysis compiles deviations caused by language interference, dialect differences, lack of knowledge of grammar, etc., and provides a teaching tool. Language acquisition and probably second language learning follows set stages and the types of errors appropriate to each stage are in a well-defined series. The notion of irreversible solidarity states that when E3, E2, and E1 are grammar rules of descending difficulty, if E3 is learned and used correctly by an individual, then E2 and E1 will be also. The rules are learned in order from simple to complex. Knowledge and understanding of language acquisition and error patterns are powerful diagnostic tools for the teacher of English. (CHK)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Contrastive Linguistics, Dialect Studies, English (Second Language), Error Analysis (Language), Error Patterns, Grammar, Interference (Language), Language Learning Levels, Language Variation, Mexican Americans, Nonstandard Dialects, Second Language Learning, Spanish Speaking, Standard Spoken Usage, Writing Skills
Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas 78284 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Trinity Univ., San Antonio, TX.