Error Analysis In Language Acquisition

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Register to read the introduction…An error, a noticeable deviation from the adult grammar of a native speaker, reflects the competence of the learner. Learners of English who ask ‘Does John can sing?’ are in likelihood reflecting a competence level in which all verbs require a pre-posed do auxiliary for question formation. As such, it is an error, most likely not a mistake, and an error that reveals a portion of the learner’s competence in the target language. (Brown, 2007, p.258) In terms of competence and performance, error and mistake are dissimilar. Corder (1967) and…show more content…
It was realized that contrastive analysis did not provide adequate elucidation for the learner errors. As a result, error analysis was introduced. Keshavarz (1999, p.42) states that ‘Error Analysis emerged on account of the shortcomings of Contrastive Analysis which was the favoured way of describing learners’ language in the 1950s and 1960s’. Therefore, there was an essential determination for a new linguistic method, which consequently took form of error analysis. One of the major proponents of error analysis is Stephen Pit Corder that sees the learner errors as a developmental step. By publishing his famous article entitled ‘The Significance of Learner’s Errors’, studying SLA took a new turn. The main objective of EA was to determine what the learners know about language rather comparing TL with L1 as CA did (Lightbown & Spada, 2006:79). EA as one of the most dominant theory of SLA has been defined by many scholars. Crystal (1999:62, 2008: 173) says that EA is the study of ill-formed items of language produced by a learner which includes the classifications and interpreting the errors

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