The acquisition of five English Sentential Structures by Native Speakers of Arabic.

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Author El Fadil, Hamed El Nil [حمد النيل الفاضل] en_US
Available date 2009-11-25T13:36:11Z en_US
Publication Date 1989 en_US
Citation Journal of the Documentation and Humanities Research Center, 1989, No. 1, Pages 41-79. en_US
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10576/8433 en_US
Abstract This cross-dimensional, exploratory study attempts at investigating the acquisition order of five sentential structures by native speakers of Arabic. A natural elicitation technique, in the form of a test written in English, was given to the 1177 subjects of the study. The questions of the test were about the familiar topic of the best friend. Each of these sentences was intended to test a certain number of rules. The subjects' responses were analysed by using modified forms of Burt and Dulay (1980) techniques for scoring the subjects' responses and for calculating the group scores. It was found out that structurally simpler sentences were acquired before the more complex ones. Also the sentences that had forms similar to Arabic forms were acquired before those that did not have forms similar to any of the Arabic forms. Moreover, it was also found that the study of English literature as well as extended reading for pleasure had positive effects on the rate with which the subjects acquired these sentences. en
Language en en_US
Publisher Qatar University en_US
Subject English Language en_US
Title The acquisition of five English Sentential Structures by Native Speakers of Arabic. en_US
Type Article en_US
Pagination 41-79 en_US
Issue Number 1 en_US


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