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LINGUIST List 21.4062

Thu Oct 14 2010

Qs: Cross-Linguistic Comparison: Khmer and English

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        1.     Chheangy Chea , Cross-Linguistic Comparison: Khmer and English

Message 1: Cross-Linguistic Comparison: Khmer and English
Date: 13-Oct-2010
From: Chheangy Chea <cheachheangsiu.edu>
Subject: Cross-Linguistic Comparison: Khmer and English
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I am currently working on a case study for my master's thesis. The
objective is to compare with Lardiere's study on "Case and Tense in
the 'fossilized' steady state" (Lardiere, 1998). My subject is a native
speaker of Khmer (Cambodian) who acquired English as a second
language in the US.

I am doing a cross-linguistic comparison of Khmer and English for my
literature review part. In order to establish my research, I need to know
how different Khmer and English are linguistically. My study looks at
the subject acquiring inflectional morphemes in English. Since I do not
have Khmer linguistic knowledge, I cannot predict how my subject is
going to produce English.

I have found only one previous study involving Khmer speakers of
English as subjects (The Convergence of Possessive and Existential
Constructions by Duff, 1993). It would be very helpful for me if I could
get access to more studies involving Cambodian speakers of English.

Basically, I have access to only the I-Share database:

https://i-share.carli.illinois.edu/ilcso/cgi-bin/welcome

In short, I would like any information on the following:
1. Is there any study involving cross-linguistic differences between
English and Khmer (Cambodian Language)?
2. Is there any study in linguistics involving Cambodians as subjects?

Please list any titles and links (if possible) and please let me know how
I can get access to them.

Thanks,
Chheangy Chea

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
                            Morphology
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            Khmer, Central (khm)

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