HomeIAMURE International Journal of Educationvol. 9 no. 1 (2014)

Common Errors in English Written by the Academic Journal Contributors

Djuwari Djuwari



In linguistics, common errors in writing, especially by the non-native speakers of English, are beneficial for analysis. Common errors written by the academic journal contributors especially by the Indonesian authors are typical. Since English in Indonesia is a foreign language, the articles submitted to the journal may have errors. When editing these articles, some common errors are found. This research attempted to investigate common errors in English written by the academic journal contributors from Indonesia. It is a descriptive research using Error Analysis (EA) and Contrastive Analysis (CA) theories. The data were taken from 15 articles submitted by the Indonesia contributors of the accredited academic journals Ventura published by STIE Perbanas Surabaya. First, they were analyzed before they were edited and then classified according to the types of errors. From this, common errors were identified. After this, they were described based on the morphological and sentence levels. Finally, possible treatment can be asserted. The results show that there are six types of common errors such as morphological levels: a) Head-Modifier, b) Agreement, c) To-Infinitive and sentence level: Dangling, Agreement, Passive Construction, and Perfect Tense. It can be generalized that most of the common errors are due to L1 system so that CA for L1 with L2 is required.