L3 Lang Acq Influence on L2 Lang Acq
|Author:||Taliesin ap Ceridwen|
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I'm new here (this is my first post), as I was directed here from another
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.
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!
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