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ERIC Number: EJ955062
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0510
Negation Errors in English by University of Jordan Students
Eisouh, Zuhair S.
Reading Improvement, v48 n3 p139-154 Fall 2011
This cross-sectional study attempted to determine whether the English negation errors made by the University of Jordan's students were similar to the English negation errors proposed by Klima and Bellugi (1966), or influenced by the Arabic syntactic structures of negative sentences. Data of negative structures were gathered, and error counts were calculated. Results showed some correspondence to Klima and Bellugi's proposed system but only in stages II and III. The effect of Arabic was significant on do- transformations. Students did not formulate a rule-governed system of negatives because their responses were not consistent along with English tenses. Students' developmental sequence of negatives and their imperfect mastery over tense may have accounted for most errors. However, the mismatch between errors and correct responses decreased as students moved through higher levels of English study. (Contains 5 figures and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Jordan