LINGUIST List 12.3188

Sun Dec 23 2001

Qs: ESL/Socioling Aspects, Eng & Spanish Morphemes

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  1. Antonio Sposato, Sociolinguistic aspects of ESL
  2. David Luna, English and Spanish morpheme lists

Message 1: Sociolinguistic aspects of ESL

Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 12:06:36 +0100
From: Antonio Sposato <>
Subject: Sociolinguistic aspects of ESL


I'm an Italian student of German and English Studies in Bielefeld,
Germany, and I'm working on the sociolinguistic aspects that are
implied in the acquisition of English by German Learners.

At the moment I'm conducting a survey among some beginners (but not
only) in order to collect the several difficulties that German People
have when pronouncing English words. Known is, of course, the
undistincted pronunciation "w" for both English w and v.

Actually I've already thought, as a starting point, to collect those
pronunciation mistakes that go under the category of "hypercorrection".
In fact, I think there would be much more to discuss, that's why I'm
looking for the right sources from the point of view of the
sociolinguistic as well:

E.g., first, one can wonder: in which account takes nowadays a German
pupil the English language? What about its "prestige" for him? And
above all, can the self-correction be for a German such an
overwhelming need to cause him constantly an overcorrection?

I would be very glad if anybody could help me with some suggestions in
terms of sources of comparate linguistic, sociolinguistic,
interlinguistic and so on.

Best Regards
Antonio Sposato

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Message 2: English and Spanish morpheme lists

Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 18:15:23 -0600
From: David Luna <>
Subject: English and Spanish morpheme lists

Hello All,

I am developing experimental words for a study and would like to
ensure that they do not contain English or Spanish-language morphemes
(i.e., that they are truly non-sensical). Does anyone know of any
source that would list all the English and/or Spanish morphemes
(including all the morphemes belonging to all classes
-inflectional/derivational, free/bound, etc...)? If so, could you
send me the cite? Thank you in advance for your help.

David Luna
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