ERIC Number: ED150835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Interlanguage and Interlanguage Studies - A Report.
Language Centre News, n4 p1-8 1977
This paper attempts a brief account of recent trends in interlanguage studies. Interlanguage may be defined as a separate linguistic system which results from a learner's attempted production of a target language norm. According to the recreation hypothesis, this is a dynamic system of increasing complexity, whereas, according to the restructuring hypothesis, it is essentially the same in overall complexity over time. Interlanguage studies have concentrated on: (1) the dependence of the native language upon the acquisition of a target language; (2) the acquisition of the target language in developmental sequences; and (3) the types of strategies involved in language learning and language production. There exists a parallel between interlanguage and pidgins and creoles, in that their characteristics depend on function within a social setting. Other factors that should be taken into account in interlanguage analysis studies include age, personality, language attitudes, and situational, interactional, and cultural variables. (AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jyvaskyla Univ. (Finland). Language Center.