Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Diane Larson-Freeman


The study uses the concept of Inter-language to investigate the process of language acquisition of fourteen adult Haitian Creole speakers learning English as a second language. The research is focused upon the acquisition of predicate based and embedded "lffi" questions. An analysis of the data is presented that suggests that the subjects are using two learning strategies: over generalization and simplification. There is also data patterning that indicates that the introduction of the negative into a question is a significant factor in the subjects' inter-languages. The findings from the research tend to emphasize the utility of approaching language acquisition from the perspective of a rule governed inter-language. Suggestions are made as to how the results of this study can be exploited in the language classroom.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education