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  • amym
    14 April, 2008 at 6:51
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    Could someone provide me with a simple explanation as to why a learner might make the following errors:

    ‘Do you can drive?’

    ‘fish and cheaps’


    15 April, 2008 at 17:50
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    "Do you can drive"

    A lot of research has shown that there is a sequence in which second language learners acquire structures. In the case above, the learner has reached the stage of realising that questions have a different structure, but is probably generalising that all questions are formed with a verb at the beginning.

    "Fish and cheaps"

    This is a phonetic error, and most likely results from the student’s first language (L1).

    For example, French really only has one sound where English has two in the area of /i:/ (as in cheaps) and /I/ (as in chips). This is what’s called a minimal pair (a pair of words which differs in only one sound), and French speakers often have problems with this pair.

    Confusion with this pair happens with several L1s.

    3 June, 2008 at 5:40
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    Reply To: Error Correction

    Excellent question and solid response. A pleasure to read both!

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