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ERIC Number: ED121052
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 12
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Definiteness Problems in the Written English of Arabic Speakers: A Taxonomy with Partial Explanation.
Willcott, Paul
The purpose of this paper is to classify the types of errors Arabs make with definiteness in English and to count the rate of occurrence of each. To accomplish this, 16 three-hour American history final examinations written by Arabic speakers at the University of Texas at Austin were examined. This discussion is limited to the four categories (out of 24) in which 89% (numbering 509) of the errors occurred. The first category (in which the largest number of errors occurred) includes occurrences in which no article stands where "the" is appropriate and in which the noun phrase of which it is a part is ungrammatical. In the category with the second largest number of errors, "the" stands where no article is appropriate, although this is not necessary for grammaticality in the noun phrase; the string or sentence is not semantically justified by the larger context; and/or the sentence is "foreign-sounding." In the third largest category, no article stands where "a" is required, and the noun phrase is ungrammatical. In the fourth largest category, no article stands where "the" is appropriate, the string or sentence is not semantically justified, and/or the sentence is "foreign-sounding." (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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