The Study of Morphological, Syntactic, and Semantic Errors Made by Native Speakers of Persian and English Children

Reza Kafipour, Laleh Khojasteh


This study tried to analyze the errors made by Persian-speaking learners of English and English children learning English as their mother tongue. The researcher analyzed errors according to surface strategy taxonomy rather than comparative taxonomy. To do this study, the researcher selected 40 homogenous Persian-speaking learners of English and administered an elicitation test to the participants. The instrument for elicitation test were two pictures one related to US war against Iraq and Nouroz as the most popular national holiday in Iran. The participants were asked to write an essay type composition based on their background knowledge about the pictures. Then, the errors in their writing were extracted and analyzed. Descriptive statistics and chi-square were used to analyze data. According to the results, no significant difference was found among errors made by Persian-speakers learning English and English children learning English as their mother tongue.

Key words: Morphological; Syntactic; Semantic; Native Speakers


Morphological; Syntactic; Semantic; Native Speakers



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