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LINGUIST List 24.1309

Sat Mar 16 2013

Books: The trouble with inflection for adult learners of Dutch: Oldenkamp

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 12-Mar-2013
From: Mariƫtte Bonenkamp <lotuu.nl>
Subject: The trouble with inflection for adult learners of Dutch: Oldenkamp
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Title: The trouble with inflection for adult learners of Dutch
Subtitle: A study of the L1-L2 interplay of morphosyntactic and phonetic-phonological factors
Series Title: LOT dissertation Series
Published: 2013
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT
                http://www.lotpublications.nl/

Book URL: http://www.lotpublications.nl/index3.html

Author: Loes Oldenkamp
Paperback: ISBN: 9789460931024 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 20.03 Comment: only available through internet
Abstract:

Children seem to acquire their mother tongue usually without special effort, though this cannot be said of adults acquiring a new language. More particularly, adult L2 learners have difficulties in the realisation of (ad)nominal and verbal inflection. The question as to why adult L2 learners of Dutch have these difficulties is the topic of this book. Traditionally, morphosyntactic explanations have been given to clarify the difficulties L2 learners have in acquiring L2 inflectional morphology. Here , it is claimed that morphosyntactic accounts alone cannot explain all problems L2 learners have in acquiring inflectional morphology. Phonetic-phonological constraints should be taken into account as well. To investigate this claim, a corpus study was done and two processing experiments were conducted to test lower-educated Turkish, Moroccan Arabic and Mandarin Chinese learners of Dutch on their command of Dutch inflectional morphology. The use of both production and perception data, the systematic incorporation of different L1 backgrounds and L2 proficiency levels and the large number of participants included make the design of this study truly unique. This study is of interest to scholars working in the field of L2 acquisition, inflectional morphology, phonology, and morphosyntax as well as to educators working with L2 learners. It shows that the acquisition of inflectional morphology in a second language comprises more than applying a grammatical rule. Accurate perception and production of the phonemes serving as morphemes are of crucial importance as well.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
                            Morphology
                            Morphosyntax
                            Phonology

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)

Written In: English (eng)

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