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Language transfer: interlingual errors in Spanish students of English as a foreign language

Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses
Publicaciones Universidad de Alicante
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  • Interferencia Lingüística
  • Análisis De Errores
  • Aprendizaje De La Lengua
  • Españoles
  • Lengua Inglesa
  • Lengua Extranjera


This paper aims at finding out the most common types of interlingual errors that Spanish students make when they are learning English as a foreign language. The subjects that have taken part in this study are a group of twenty eight first-year High School students. The interlingual errors obtained from the corpus have been divided into four types: transfer of structure, overextension of analogy, interlingual/intralingual and substitution. Each of these types has been analysed separately taking into account the wordclass where it occurs.

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