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Feb. 26th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
I find these errors in journal articles all the time and wonder if I was taught some archaic form of English grammar in my English classes in college

Not archaic... you were just taught English, unlike most others. Most people don't get English class because the classes aren't taught well and native speakers are too close to the language to understand it on a thinking level--it is all subconscious.

First language acquisition is fraught with confusion and misunderstandings, corrections of things that really wouldn't be corrected (like kids saying goed instead of went) otherwise.

Second language acquisition allows your conscious mind to interact with the language processors, which uncovers so much. In fact, I never would have studied linguistics without it.