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APPROACHES TO LANGUAGE - Assignment

SUBJECT ASSIGNMENT: APPROACHES TO LANGUAGE

Name and surname(s): Jose Lanchipa Bueno Login: Group: 27 Date: 02/10/2011

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INDEX

Task 1 Task 2 Task 3 References

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Task 1
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Native Languages: Mixed. Target Language: English. Background Information: Intermediate level, students on an intensive course. Data Source: student compositions.

DATA: 1. Soccer is the most common sporting. 2. America refused continual supported our military request. 3. When he was 7 years old, he went schooling. 4. About two hours driving eastern from Bangkok. 5. After finished my college studied, I went to my country. 6. Doctors have the right to removed it from him. 7. There is a night for asleep. 8. Moreover it may lead to conflicting. 9. I am not going to get married when I will graduation the school. QUESTIONS: 1. Work out an IL generalization that might account for the forms in boldface. Give your reasons for postulating this generalization. 2. What strategy/strategies do you think these learners have come up with regarding lexical use? 3. What additional information, if any, would you like to have from these learners to test your hypothesis? ANSWERS: 1. In the cases of items 1, 3 and 8, (where the right answers perhaps will be, in this order: sport, to school, and into conflict) students used the pattern noun + ing, which in many cases gives form to a new noun, like in the case of for example: “I went shopping to Miami, last week”. In these particular cases students have the mistaken idea (that remained in their brains), that all nouns can follow the same pattern. Regarding the items 2 and 5, (where the possible answers are, in order: support to and studies) it seems that the use of the Simple Past tense in the first part of the sentence (or in the whole), led students to believe that the second part has to follow

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the same rule and they do that, thinking that what follows is also a verb, when it is not and actually is a noun. On the other hand, talking about item 6 (the correct answer can be: remove) the situation is similar to the previous one with the difference that in this case the student simply uses the Simple Past tense per se. In item number 4 (the correct answer should be: east) it seems that the generalization is originated because in same cases both adjectives (in this particular case), can mean the same, like for example: ‘The Eastern Block’, which can also be addressed as ‘The East Block’. Regarding item 7 (where the answer could be: a sleep or sleeping), it results obvious that the student generalized the adjective asleep, which in fact means sleeping, because he/she believes that both can be used indistinctively, or it is a matter of thinking that the utterances ‘asleep’ and ‘a sleep’ are the same. To finish, in the case of item 9 (the answer should be: graduate from), it is a matter of simplification of the word, using a recognized form of it. To sum up, after the explanations given to all of the previous, we could be talking about a tendency to use regular forms, so the corresponding overgeneralization should be the one for regularization, more than a simplification one since there are no great grammatical reductions. 2. Regarding the strategy or strategies that the students came up with. First, we can be talking about the second type of overgeneralization according to Jain (1974). An overgeneralization based on the L2, which in fact produce fewer errors, since besides the mistakes, the meaning of the message remains clear and understandable. Now, regarding the...
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