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L3 Acquisition of articles in German by native Japanese speakers

Jaensch, Carol (2008) 'L3 Acquisition of articles in German by native Japanese speakers.' In: Slabakova, Roumyana and Rothman, Jason and Kempchinsky, Paula and Gavruseva, Elena, (eds.) Proceedings of the 9th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2007). Cascadilla Press, Somerville, Mass, pp. 81-89. ISBN 978-1-57473-422-5

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It is well-documented that native speakers of languages which lack articles and have no morphological marker for definiteness show persistent variability in the use of articles in second languages where they are present and where definiteness is marked. It has been argued that these learners use articles to mark both specificity and definiteness. This paper shows that learners display fewer problems of this kind when acquiring a third language (L3) which has articles that mark definiteness in a similar manner to that of the second language (L2). The languages under investigation in this study are Japanese (L1), English (L2) and German (L3). Results from a gap-filling task show an effect of both L3 and L2 proficiency. Furthermore, inappropriate selections appear not to be based on participants selecting articles on the basis of specificity, but instead upon the grammatical Case of the noun in question.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2011 19:56
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2011 19:56

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