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Caruso, Marinella – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2004
This article reports on an investigation into the loss of morphology expressing temporality in the Italian of second generation Italo-Australians. The purpose of the study is to verify whether the loss of Italian tense and aspect morphology proceeds from marked to unmarked, where markedness is defined on the basis of formal and semantic criteria.…
Descriptors: Speech, Semantics, Verbs, Oral Language
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Rubino, Antonia – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2004
In the process of language shift from the immigrant languages to English, everyday communication within the family can become increasingly problematic due to strong divergences in the linguistic competences of the older and the younger generations. This article explores the process of language mediation between different generations, as it occurs…
Descriptors: Family (Sociological Unit), Multilingualism, Foreign Countries, Females
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Parkinson, Amber; Hajek, John – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2004
Although the Italian system of address pronouns is relatively complex, scant attention is paid to the issue in L2 manuals designed for English-speaking learners of Italian. After showing that Italian L2 manuals are not necessarily accurate in the limited detail they provide, we examine specifically the frequent claim that so-called informal…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Foreign Countries, Italian, English
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Zanardi, Nicoletta – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 1994
Presents data from a cross-sectional study of the use of cohesion in Italian texts written by second-language adult learners and by native speakers. The study's goal was to compare learners and native speakers in their use of cohesion and to observe the developmental sequences in the use of cohesion. Data interpretation is presented. (64…
Descriptors: Adult Students, Cognitive Development, Cohesion (Written Composition), Comparative Analysis