Contrast between the spelling errors in English by bilingual speakers in Gibraltar and those present in a monolingual group in the UK

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https://doi.org/10.4995/rlyla.2023.18895

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error analysis, bilingualism, language contact, Gibraltar, spelling errors

Abstract

In this paper, the spelling errors made in English by 40 bilingual speakers of Spanish-English in Gibraltar will be compared with those detected in 21 monolingual speakers in the United Kingdom. Gibraltar is an overseas British territory characterised by language contact between English and Spanish. Although Spanish is acquired by part of the speakers as a heritage language at home (except for those families that are monolingual in English), Spanish is considered a foreign language and learnt as a subject in school. Lexical availability tests will be used for data collection, in order to identify if Spanish is reflected in the type of errors observed in English in the Gibraltarian sample, and if they differ from those found in the monolingual group in the UK. Despite the differences associated to the context of acquisition, the results show similarities in both groups, except for interlingual errors due to the interference of Spanish.

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Author Biography

Alicia Mariscal Ríos, University of Cádiz

Becaria de investigación del MECD. Actualmente formo parte del PDI del Departamento de Filología en la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de Cádiz, así como del Grupo de Investigación Semaínein.

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2023-07-26

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