This paper is a second language acquisition study of verb usage in
the Turkish/English interlanguage of an advanced learner of English
as a second language. The subject produced an oral narrative
retelling the plot of a film, the transcript of which was later
corrected by the subject. Tense use in the narrative was evaluated
according to correctness of forms and the occurrence of present and
past in background and foreground passages. The analysis showed
that (1) the subject's Ll appeared to interfere with the formation
of subordinate clauses in English, (2) the subject was unable to
apply his knowledge of English grammar rules consistently in
unrehearsed speech but could apply them in editing the transcript,
(3) tense was used to distinguish foreground from background with
a tendency to use past tense in the foreground and present in the
background, although present and base forms also occured in the
foreground, and (4) the use of the Turkish copula appeared to
interfere with correct use of the English copula.
1 online resource (PDF, 51 pages, plus 3 appendices). Submitted December 6, 1993 as a Plan B paper in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a master's degree in English as a Second Language from the University of Minnesota.
Dereli, Nora C..
Verb usage in a Turkish/English interlanguage.
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