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ERIC Number: ED169788
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Formal Instruction on the Pidginized Speech of One Second Language Learner.
Bruzzese, Giannina
The effect of formal instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) on the pidginized speech of a second language learner was studied. The subject was a 76-year-old Italian woman residing in the United States since the age of 37. Four one-hour tapes were made of the subject's speech in April of 1976, and during the last five months of a two-semester elementary ESL course. In the fall of 1977, at the beginning of an intermediate ESL course, elicited imitations were recorded. The subject's speech samples, which consisted of both free and elicited speech, were examined for changes in the production of negatives, the copula, regular and irregular past tense, third person present tense "s", and plural. Results indicate no significant effect on any of the above features. Age, social distance, and motivation are discussed as possible explanations for the minimal effects of instruction on the subject's pidginized English. (AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Los Angeles Second Language Research Forum (2nd, Los Angeles, California, October 6-8, 1978) ; Best copy available