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LINGUIST List 18.2697

Mon Sep 17 2007

Books: Morphology/Psycholing/Lang Acquisition: Keijzer

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        1.    Rianne Giethoorn, Last In First Out?: Keijzer


Message 1: Last In First Out?: Keijzer
Date: 17-Sep-2007
From: Rianne Giethoorn <lotlet.uu.nl>
Subject: Last In First Out?: Keijzer
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Title: Last In First Out?
Subtitle: An investigation of the regression hypothesis in Dutch emigrants in Anglophone Canaca
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Published: 2007
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT
                http://www.lotpublications.nl/

Author: Merel Keijzer
Paperback: ISBN: 9789078328346 Pages: 407 Price: Europe EURO 31.03
Abstract:

The central question in this dissertation is whether first language
attrition is the mirror image of first language acquisition. In other
words, is it true that those linguistic features that are acquired late in
children are also vulnerable to attrition? This idea is captured in the
regression hypothesis.

In order to test the regression hypothesis, three different groups of language
users were included in the study's design: 45 first-generation Dutch emigrants
in Anglophone Canada, 45 matched control subjects in the Netherlands and
a group of 35 Dutch adolescents of 13 and 14 years old. The three groups of
subjects were compared regarding their morphological and morpho-syntactic
proficiency, because these two language domains tend to show gradual and
clear developmental sequences in children, which can easily be compared to
attrition processes. All subjects were presented with a number of formal tasks,
but spontaneous data samples were also collected.

The findings suggest that morphology is more impaired in language attrition
than purely syntactic phenomena. More importantly, the attriters and acquirers
often revealed mirror symmetries in their morphological proficiency, as opposed
to the control subjects in the Netherlands, thus providing evidence for
regression. Syntactic phenomena, on the other hand, proved to be more
problematic for the attriters than the adolescents and many English L2
influences were attested here. The research reported in this dissertation
is of interest to researchers working in the fields of first and second
language acquisition, multilingualism, language attrition, language change,
but also morphology and morpho-syntax.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
                            Morphology
                            Psycholinguistics

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)
                            English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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