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Query Details

Query Subject:   L3 Lang Acq Influence on L2 Lang Acq
Author:   Taliesin ap Ceridwen
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s):  Chinese, Mandarin

Query:   Hello all,

I'm new here (this is my first post), as I was directed here from another
mutli-language website.

I am an MA Applied Ling student, and part of my assessment is,
naturally, research and research methodology. I am interested in
designing a research project for a topic in Second Language

My intent was to take a look at how L3 learning impacts on unstable L2
proficiency/performance. Specifically I am interested in the
pronunciation of /th/ in English by L1 Chinese Mandarin speakers who
are now learning French or German (/th/ changes to /t/ or /d/) as an
L3. All Chinese school students learn English as an L2 from the early
grades, and it is now a big market for Native Speakers of English to
teach kindergarten kids. Also, MA hopefuls in English or teaching must
have learned a 3rd language as well. I actually work as an ESL teacher
here at a university.

When I went researching, I found very little regarding the impact of the
L3 on un-developed L2's. In fact, the only specific thing I found was
Greissler's paper on Austrian high-school students:

Greissler, M. 2001. "The Effects of Third Language Learning on
Second Language Proficiency: An Austrian Example," in International
Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Vol. 4, Iss. 1, pp 50-60.
London: Routledge.

Have I not searched the right places? Have I not used the right search
terms? Or, has there really not been a lot of research on the subject
(which I would have thought very unusual!)?

Thanking you all in advance!

LL Issue: 21.3623
Date posted: 14-Sep-2010


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