ERIC Number: ED171132
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Finnish-English Contrastive Project: Status and Progress Report. Further Contrastive Papers, Jyvaskyla Contrastive Studies, 6. Reports from the Department of English, No. 7.
Sajavaara, Kari; Lehtonen, Jaakko
A project designed to gather information about similarities and differences that may be important for teaching English to Finnish learners, and, to a certain extent, for teaching Finnish through English, was conducted through a systematic comparison of the two languages and an analysis of instances where the two languages come into contact. In the early stages of the project the major emphasis of the grammatical studies has been on contrasting grammatical surface structures in the two languages on the basis of translation equivalence. In addition to contrastive analyses, the project has also included error analysis, textbook analysis, and the study of certain aspects of language acquisition. Early phonological studies of the project have been different from the traditional framework of contrastive analysis. More recently, traditional contrastive analysis has been expanded to include contrastive discourse analysis. In this phase, the language user's communicative competence as a whole is the object of study, and attention is paid to all linguistic, psychological, and sociological parameters that are involved in the communication process. Theoretical considerations are addressed in the analysis. (SW)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Contrastive Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, English (Second Language), Error Analysis (Language), Finnish, Grammar, Language Instruction, Language Research, Phonology, Pronunciation Instruction, Second Language Learning, Surface Structure
Department of English, University of Jyvaskyla, 40100 Jyvaskyla 10, Finland
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jyvaskyla Univ. (Finland). Dept. of English.