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Errors in Language Learning and Use

This is an introduction and guide to the study of errors in language, which presents a critical survey of previous work. It seeks to clarify such questions as: does correctness matter?; and is it more important to speak fluently and write imaginatively or to communicate one's message? Other questions addressed include whether "good" English for the native speaker is also good for the foreign learner. The reader is led from definitions of error and related concepts, to categorization of types of linguistic deviance discussion of error gravities, the utility of teacher correction and towards writing learner profiles.
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General editor's prefaceAuthor's prefaceAbbreviations 1. Definition and DelimitationHuman errorSuccessive paradigmsInterlanguage and the veto on comparisonLearners and native speakersThe heyday of Error AnalysisMounting criticism of Error AnalysisData collection for Error Analysis 2. The Scope of Error AnalysisGood English for the EnglishGood English for the L2 learnerThe native speaker and the power dimensionThe Incompleteness hypothesis 3. Defining 'Error' IgnoranceMeasures of devianceOther Dimensions of Error: Error and MistakeError: Mistake and Acquisition: Learning - An Equation?Lapsology 4. The Description of ErrorsError detectionDescribing errorsError ClassificationError TaxonomiesCounting errorsProfiling and Error AnalysisComputerized Corpora of Errors: ICLE - COALA 5. Levels of ErrorMedium errorsText errorsLexical errorsClassifying Lexical errorsGrammar errorsDiscourse errors 6. Diagnosong ErrorDescription and diagnosisIgnorance and avoidanceMother tongue influence: Interlingual errorsTarget language causes: Intralingual errorsLearning-strategy based errorsCommunication strategy based errorsInduced errorsCompound and ambiguous errors 7. Error Gravity and Error EvaluationEvaluationCriteria for error gravity 8. Error CorrectionWhat is correction?Whether to correct: pros and consHow to do error correction: some options and principlesNoticing error 9. A Case StudyElicitation and registrationError identificationCategorizing the errorsStatus: error or mistake?Diagnosis BibliographyIndex

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The book is written by Carl James, Senior Lecturer in the Linguistics Department at the University of Wales, Bangor, who is author of Contrastive Analysis and co-editor of Language Awareness in the Classroom, also published in this series. The book is suitable for students of Applied Linguistics, Educational Linguistics, teachers of English as a Foreign Language and teachers of Modern Languages.

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