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Research Paper #762

Title:Handling Native and Non-Native Language Transfer in Call: Theory and Practice
Date:Jun 1995
Presented:Publication in association with Scottish CILT
Abstract:Not all errors made by language learners are the result of over-generalisation of target language forms, or erroneous 'guessing' on the part of the learner. Some errors are due to (conscious or unconscious) transfer from another language. Cross-linguistic influence can in some cases be unfavourable, resulting in negative transfer, and in other cases facilitative, i.e. transfer will result in the correct form being produced in the target language. Transfer from native languages has been well documented (see Odlin, 1989 for an overview). However in some circumstances transfer may arise as a result of reference to other foreign languages known by a student. ........

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