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Title:Modeling the interlanguage: The effect of frequency in the L2 acquisition of English consonant clusters
Author(s):Moeng, Emliy; Boehm, Jennifer; Reynolds, Amy
Subject(s):interlanguage
L2 acquisition
S'gaw Karen
usage-based model
Optimality Theory
language acquisition
linguistics
Abstract:This study seeks to determine whether the second language acquisition of non-native linguistic structures is best described within the framework of Optimality Theory, or within the framework of a usage-based model. These two frameworks make different predictions regarding the role of word frequency in second language acquisition. This study examines the productions of high and low-frequency English words as spoken by native speakers of S’gaw Karen, a language which does not permit coda clusters, who are acquiring English as a second language. Trends suggest that second language acquisition is better described within the framework of a usage-based model, suggesting a word-by-word acquisition of coda clusters, although limitations of the study are also noted in the discussion.
Issue Date:2016-06-29
Publisher:Studies in the Linguistic Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:Moeng, Boehm, & Reynolds (2016). "Modeling the interlanguage: The effect of frequency in the L2 acquisition of English consonant clusters" Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working Papers. Vol 41 pp 35-48
Series/Report:Proceedings of ILLS7
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/90359
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-06-29


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