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Title:The representation of clitics in the lexicons of English-speaking learners of French
Author(s):Hagen, Lewis Kirk
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Hadley, Alice Omaggio
Department / Program:Education, Language and Literature
Language, Linguistics
Discipline:Education, Language and Literature
Language, Linguistics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Language and Literature
Language, Linguistics
Abstract:This thesis is about a study of the properties of French clitics as they are represented in the lexicons of English-speaking students of French. The study involved 198 adult learners of French at a small, private American university. Subjects were drawn from intact groups of students enrolled in first, second, third and fourth semester French. The objective was to find out if patterns of errors in grammaticality judgments can be explained by (i) a single variable like "general language proficiency," or (ii) some number of group factors corresponding to "first language dependent" or "first language independent" principles, or even if such errors are "idiosyncratic."
Grammaticality judgments of eight clitics morphemes in a total of 28 contexts were measured. Each context was treated as a variable. A factor analysis of the variables using a principle components extraction and varimax rotation was performed. The results show that a fairly small number of principles of English as a first language lead to a fairly large array of patterns. The subjects tended to interpret French clitics in a manner consistent with what they know about their first language.
Issue Date:1990
Rights Information:Copyright 1990 Hagen, Lewis Kirk
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9114254
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9114254

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