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ERIC Number: ED122628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Errors Made by Finns and Swedish-Speaking Finns in the Learning of English. Working Papers in Applied Linguistics, Vol. 5.
Ringbom, Hakan, Ed.; Palmberg, Rolf, Ed.
The influence of mother-tongue interference is examined on the basis of data from two tests at different levels of English proficiency: a commercial-college level, covering 4-5 years of English studies, involving a composition and translation test, and a preuniversity level, covering 7-8 years of English studies, with a multiple-choice test. A distinction between choice problems and organization problems pinpoints differences in the learning of English between Finns and Swedish-speaking Finns. The difference in errors made by Finns and Swedish-speaking Finns is analyzed; attention is focused mostly on article and prepositional errors, errors of subject-verb concord, errors of subject-verb word order, and spelling and vocabulary errors. The influence of the different test-types is also discussed. The results indicate that there may be a difference in language-learning strategy between the two language groups. The volume concludes with a 444-item bibliography of error analysis, contrastive linguistics, language acquisition and language learning, and language testing, together with a list of other bibliographies. (Author/CLK)
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, Bibliographies, Contrastive Linguistics, English (Second Language), Error Analysis (Language), Error Patterns, Finnish, Form Classes (Languages), Grammar, Interference (Language), Language Instruction, Language Research, Language Skills, Language Tests, Learning Processes, Morphology (Languages), Second Language Learning, Spelling, Swedish, Syntax, Vocabulary
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Academy of Finland, Helsinki.
Authoring Institution: Abo Akademi (Finland).