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The Role of Transfer in Italian High School Students' Written Production in English
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study aims at exploring to what extent transfer plays a role for young Italian learners of English. The informants consisted of a group of Italian high school students whose English written compositions are investigated. The collection of data is made up of an error analysis based on Pit Corder’s methodology (Corder in Ellis 2008: 46), in which six different linguistic categories are examined such as collocations, word order, the past tenses with special focus on the simple present perfect versus the simple past, furthermore the null subject parameter, false friends and subject-verb agreement. A brief discussion is also dedicated to the difference between what constitutes an error and a mistake. What emerges in this study is that the category of collocations is the one in which most instances of transfer errors are found followed by word order and the use of the simple past tense. Finally, the research aims to find out what could be the plausible reasons as to why certain categories appear to be more subject to the transfer phenomena.

 

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2018. , p. 26
Keywords [en]
Second language acquisition L1 transfer Italian mother tongue Error analysis Writing production
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-144710OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-144710DiVA, id: diva2:1181966
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Engelska, examensarbete för kandidatexamen
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Available from: 2018-02-12 Created: 2018-02-12 Last updated: 2018-02-12Bibliographically approved

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