ERIC Number: ED326054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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An Analysis of Errors Committed by Greek Learners of English in Prepositions.
Mavrides, Vasilia Bolla
A study examined the errors in the use of prepositions, particularly of prepositional verbs, made by native Greek speakers learning English. Two tests were constructed, one a translation of a Greek text into English and the other a series of English sentences to be completed with the appropriate prepositional word based on the Greek equivalent offered. Subjects were 50 first-year university students with similar linguistic, sociocultural, and educational backgrounds. Error analysis was performed in three stages: recognition; description; and explanation of errors. Statistical analysis was carried out on the 306 errors committed by the subjects on the two tests. Results indicate that: (1) intralingual and developmental errors were 1.6 times more frequent than language transfer errors, and were almost exclusively syntactic; and (2) language transfer errors were mainly lexico-semantic and only partly syntactic. Pedagogical implications of the findings can be summarized as follows: when teaching preposition use to Greek learners of English, teachers must emphasize the differences in prepositions in the two languages and stress the structure and syntax of the English prepositional verbs in addition to their semantics. Sample tests and a brief bibliography are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the World Congress of Applied Linguistics sponsored by the International Association of Applied Linguistics (9th, Thessaloniki, Greece, April 15-21, 1990).