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Title:Implications of some clause-level problems of interference in advanced remedial teaching of English in Kenya
Author:Hocking, B.D.W.
Periodical:Journal of the Language Association of Eastern Africa
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:language instruction
English language
Abstract:A number of faults of English clause structure occur, too regularly for them to be fortuitous, in the writing of certain adult Kenya students, and this paper suggests possible explanations for a few of them in terms of interference from first languages. These first languages are the major Bantu languages of Kenya, in particular Swahili. A change in the analysis of Swahili is advocated, namely, to regard the initial noun phrase of a Swahili sentence as a topic announcer, not as a subject or an object.