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ERIC Number: ED175268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Systematic Learning of the English Negation System by a Native Speaker of Polish.
Perry, William
The English speech of an adult native Polish speaker learning English as a second language was analyzed for the acquisition of the English negation system. The types of errors made appeared to be developmental rather than language transfer errors. There was little trouble with single negation in English which contrasts with multiple negation in Polish. The learner's chief difficulty was his consistent use of "don't" regardless of grammatical person, number, or time reference. The learner's negation system appeared to be developing much like a child's first language system. "Not" was consistently contracted with forms of "do" and never with forms of "be." In order to facilitate more rapid acquisition of the English negation system by adult learners, it is suggested that the classroom teacher focus the learner's attention on the particle "not" as an optionally contractible part of the negative element. This approach provides the learner with a sense of underlying uniformity in the English negation system. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Thesis, University of Minnesota