from the 1st International Conference on Language Education and Research (LERC2019)

Volume 3 - Issue 3 - December 2019

Latest issue of Journal of Applied Languages and Linguistics

Research Article

TITLE: Delexicalised Verb-Noun Collocations in Italian EFL Learners: The Influence

of Language Transfer

Author: Roxanne Holly Padley, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy

Centro Linguistico di Ateneo; Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici,
Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy

Published online: 31 December 2019, pp. 95-101


Padley, R.H. (2019) Delexicalised Verb-Noun Collocations in Italian EFL Learners: The Influence of Language Transfer, Journal of Applied Languages and Linguistics, 3(3), pp. 95-101


Collocations present challenges for learners of English (Lewis, 2008), particularly complex ones are delexicalized verb collocations (DLCs). The study analysed: (1) student competency with DLCs when presented with an L1 transferable erroneous equivalent; (2) error frequency and question format impact. A corpus of 113 students was collected undertaking two different test formats evaluated using Fisher’s Exact Test. Results show higher error frequency when transferable and with option (p value = 0.0311) suggesting L1 interference persuasion, leading to potential pedagogical considerations.

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Keywords: delexicalised collocations; EFL learners; language transfer; L1 interference

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