ERIC Number: ED171137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Variations in View of Acceptability: Report on an Experiment. Further Contrastive Papers, Jyvaskyla Contrastive Studies, 6. Reports from the Department of English, No. 7.
The effect of Finnish language experiences on the way native speakers of English evaluate errors made by Finns in producing English was examined. The study was designed to show the role of the criterion of acceptability in the evaluation process and to establish some of the sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic factors that may affect the acceptability scale of a native speaker. Study variables include: age of the native speaker, whether the speaker is American or British, marriage to a Finn, length of stay in Finland, the amount of Finnish used, and whether the speaker teaches only practical skills or practical skills and another area such as literature or history. The Quirk-Svartvik method of measuring variations in acceptability, involving an operation test and a judgment test, and a test measuring interference from Finnish were administered. The results show a disagreement with regard to acceptability, unacceptability, and dubiousness of the test sentences. The six sociolinguistic variables produced statistically significant information. The effects of the four most influential variables of nationality, amount of Finnish used, length of stay in Finland, and field of teaching are described. (SW)
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Finnish, Grammar, Language Attitudes, Language Instruction, Language Research, Language Teachers, Language Usage, Native Speakers, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, Syntax
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.