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Mon Dec 19 2005
FYI: JLL Online Article: Interlanguage Subjectivity
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1. Ahmad R.
JLL Online Article: Interlanguage Subjectivity
Message 1: JLL Online Article: Interlanguage Subjectivity
From: Ahmad R. Lotfi <arlotfiyahoo.com>
Subject: JLL Online Article: Interlanguage Subjectivity
Our recent article ''Interlanguage Subjectivity'' published in
Journal of Language and Linguistics ISSN 1475 8989 Vol. III No. 2 (005, Sept. p.p. 152
-160) is now available at
The abstract of the article appears below. Critical comments are welcome.
Ahmad R. Lotfi, PhD
Assistant Prof of linguistics
English Dept (Graduate Studies)
Azad University at Khorasgan
Ahmad R. Lotfi
Azad University at Khorasgan (Esfahan)
Azad University at Majlesi (Esfahan)
This article investigates persons and semantic verb types as indexes of subjectivity in
English and Persian as well as English (L1=Persian) Interlanguage. Our data were collected
through informal classroom debates arranged for adult intermediate speakers of English as
a foreign language at Azad University at Esfahan. The results of the study reveal that
Interlanguage contains all verb types that are present in Persian and English. The
percentages of the frequencies of different verb types in Interlanguage, however, are closer
to those in Persian. Since Interlanguage contains verb types and persons also present in
both L1 and L2, it can function like L1 and L2 for expressing subjectivity. English
(L1=Persian) Interlanguage has got the capacity to be as subjective as any other language.
Interlanguage subjectivity, however, is remarkably influenced by patterns of subjectivity
expression in L1. Although the participants have attained some measure of independence in
other linguistic respects, traces of transfer at macro-levels of language functioning such as
subjectivity are still left behind.
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Language Acquisition
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