Llinguistic Theory Of Language Acquisition

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HACETTEPE UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH LINGUISTICS

IDB 215 RESEARCH METHODS
A RESEARCH ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LINGUISTIC COMPETENCE OF EDUCATED INDIVIDUALS WHO SPEAK TURKISH AS MOTHER-TONGUE AND THEIR GRAMMATICAL ERRORS
PART I: PROPOSAL

Instructed by Lecturer Dr. Suhan AKINCI OKTAY
Prepared by Doğa HAMAMCIOĞLU
2115492
08.12.2014

1. INTRODUCTION:
As applied linguistics became a problem-driven field after the last decades of the twentieth century, language related problems in the real world have been started to be solved. Linguists took language acquisition as an interdisciplinary field. In the 1970s two general trends were refuting behaviourist theorist related to language acquisition (Corder & Selinker) and formalizing second language acquisition process, which has a significance in the new world system, in order to make it easier for second language learners. Methods like contrastive analysis and error analysis developed to refute the behaviourist approach. Error Analysis first established by Stephen Pit Corder and it showed that the strongest formulation of Contrastive Analysis Hypothesis, which suggests the L1 interference in L2, was unable to predict a great majority of errors. A key finding of error analysis has been that many learner errors are produced by learners making faulty inferences about the rules of the new language.

In those years, Turkish Language, which is a member of the Oghuz-Altaic group of languages and a subgroup of the Turkic

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