Error Analysis: An Investigation into Errors in English Writings of Nepalese Undergraduates

Gopal Pandey


This study attempted to identify, describe and categorize the errors in English committed by Nepalese BBS students. The subjects who participated in this study were 35 BBS first year students of Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. Thirty five compositions have been closely examined in order to find out the types of errors the participants committed. In this study, detected errors were classified into four types namely, morphosyntactic, lexico-semantic, spelling and punctuation and miscellaneous. The results of error analysis (EA) clearly showed that the morphosyntactic aspect is one of the major problem areas for Nepalese BBS students. The greatest number of errors observed were morphosyntactic which amounted to 52.08%. Next to morphosyntactic were the errors of lexicosemantic with 31.13%. Spelling and punctuation errors which constituted 14.92%, stood third in the hierarchy. Very few errors were classified as miscellaneous errors which amounted to 1.86 %. 


Errors, morphosyntactic, lexico-semantic, spelling & punctuation

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