LINGUIST List 13.1167

Sat Apr 27 2002

Disc: New: Re "Overcoming Plateaus in SLA"

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  1. Ronald SHEEN, Re: 13.1160, Diss: Applied Ling: Zapata "Overcoming Plateaus..."

Message 1: Re: 13.1160, Diss: Applied Ling: Zapata "Overcoming Plateaus..."

Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 19:19:09 -0400
From: Ronald SHEEN <>
Subject: Re: 13.1160, Diss: Applied Ling: Zapata "Overcoming Plateaus..."

This is a query related to the subjects of the study. I did research* 
about twenty years ago on learners with near-native proficiency. The 
purpose was to examine the source of residual errors in the oral production 
of the subjects. The findings indicated that the very large majority of 
those errors were L1-related. This was supported by similar findings in 
Marton (1980) and Mukattash (1986).

My question to A Zapata is then did he address this issue in his 
dissertation? If so, did he find any difference in resistance to 
defossilization between L1 -related errors and others. I would hypothesize 
that as the former constitute the vast majority of residual errors, they 
will be the most resistant.

*Sheen, R.(1980). "The importance of negative transfer in the
	 speech of near-bilinguals". International Review of Applied
	 Linguistics Vol 18/2:105-119.
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