IJSSH 2012 Vol.2(6): 536-538 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2012.V2.165

An Analysis of Phonetic, Morphological and Syntactic Errors in English: A Case Study of Saudi BA Students at King Khalid University

Khalid Al-Badawi
Abstract—The objective of this study was to identify common phonetic, morphological and syntactic errors committed by native Arabic-speaking learners of English during speaking tasks using Corder’s (1967) and Dulay’s (1982) descriptive approach towards error analysis. The most common phonetic, morphological and syntactic errors, respectively, identified among a selected sample of 20 Saudi English were substitution of the consonants /f/ for /v/ and /p/ for /b/ and the vowels /ə/ for / Ɔ/, /ə/ for /Ʊ/ and /ε/ for /ɪ/; failure to use the plural and third-person singular (-s/es), the comparative (-er), and the progressive (-ing); and lack of subject–verb agreement, erroneous use of prepositions, and erroneous addition and deletion of certain auxiliaries.

Index Terms—Applied linguistics, English as a foreign language, English as a second language, error analysis, morpheme, phoneme, segment, syntax.

Khalid Al-Badawi is with King Khalid University (e-mail: sunrisekb@hotmail.com)

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Cite: Khalid Al-Badawi, "An Analysis of Phonetic, Morphological and Syntactic Errors in English: A Case Study of Saudi BA Students at King Khalid University," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 6, pp. 536-538, 2012.
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