ERIC Number: ED232475
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Acquisition of Lexical Items by the Adult Second Language Learner: A Case Study.
Le Compagnon, Betty
The process of interference in second language learning is examined. A case study involving the acquisition of English in a natural environment by a 33-year-old French speaker is presented. Spontaneous speech was recorded in 30-minute sessions at 1- to 2-week intervals over a period of 4 months. Analysis indicates that the process of lexical acquisition of verbs in English is similar for both first and second language learners. Certain instances of so called "interference errors" by second language learners can be seen as lexical overgeneralizations similar to those produced by first language learners. First language interference plays a significant role in the process of lexical acquisition of verbs although this interference is not merely a transfer of surface syntactic forms from the native to the target language. If a more sophisticated understanding of the process of interference can be gained, it should be possible to predict the characteristic errors a second language learner will make based upon the particulars of the learner's native language. (RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (7th, Boston, MA, October 8-10, 1982).