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Comajoan, Llorenç – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
This study investigates grammar learning strategies and the acquisition of L2 tense-aspect morphology through the retrospective think-aloud processes of a group of L3 learners of Catalan. A total of 18 students of Catalan in a university setting in Catalonia were asked to select one of three tense-aspect forms (preterite, imperfect, and perfect)…
Descriptors: Romance Languages, Grammar, Morphemes, Second Language Learning
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Håkansson, Gisela – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2017
This article suggests a method to deal with cross-linguistic differences in children with Specific Language Impairment. The differences in vulnerable structures reflect typological properties of the surrounding language (e.g., Leonard 2014a, 2014b). This article adds a developmental perspective to the discussion by interpreting the vulnerable…
Descriptors: Language Impairments, Language Acquisition, Second Language Learning, Bilingualism
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Jaensch, Carol; Heyer, Vera; Gordon, Peter; Clahsen, Harald – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2014
Morphological systems are constrained in how they interact with each other. One case that has been widely studied in the psycholinguistic literature is the avoidance of plurals inside compounds (e.g. *"rats eater" vs. "rat eater") in English and other languages, the so-called "plurals-in-compounds effect." Several…
Descriptors: Morphemes, Morphology (Languages), Psycholinguistics, Semantics
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Yang, Suying – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2014
Through examining all instances of the nontarget "be" before verbs in the written interlanguage of Chinese learners at different proficiency levels, the present study reveals that nontarget "be" performs different functions, and there is a function shift from low to high proficiency levels. At the lowest levels, "be"…
Descriptors: Written Language, Interlanguage, Semantics, Syntax
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Tessier, Anne-Michelle – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2012
This article provides experimental evidence for the claim in Hayes (2004) and McCarthy (1998) that language learners are biased to assume that morphological paradigms should be phonologically-uniform--that is, that derived words should retain all the phonological properties of their bases. The evidence comes from an artificial language…
Descriptors: Test Items, Phonemes, Phonology, Artificial Languages
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Miller, Karen L.; Schmitt, Cristina – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2012
The present article examines the effect of variable input on the acquisition of plural morphology in two varieties of Spanish: Chilean Spanish, where the plural marker is sometimes omitted due to a phonological process of syllable final /s/ lenition, and Mexican Spanish (of Mexico City), with no such lenition process. The goal of the study is to…
Descriptors: Nouns, Morphology (Languages), Foreign Countries, Spanish Speaking
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Ionin, Tania; Montrul, Silvina; Kim, Ji-Hye; Philippov, Vadim – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2011
English uses three types of generic NPs: bare plurals ("Lions are dangerous"), definite singulars ("The lion is dangerous"), and indefinite singulars ("A lion is dangerous"). These three NP types are not interchangeable: definite singulars and bare plurals can have generic reference at the NP-level, while indefinite singulars are compatible only…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), Second Language Learning, Nouns, Phrase Structure
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Ettlinger, Marc; Zapf, Jennifer – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2011
The correct use of an affix, such as the English plural suffix, may reflect mastery of a morphological process, but it may also depend on children's syntactic, semantic, and phonological abilities. The present article reports a set of experiments in support of this latter view, specifically focusing on the importance of the phonological make-up of…
Descriptors: Role, Phonology, Semantics, Nouns
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Gabriele, Alison; McClure, William – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2011
The study investigates whether advanced second language (L2) learners can extend beyond the grammatical properties of the first language (L1) to successfully acquire tense and aspect. We examine the acquisition of the semantics of the imperfective marker "te-iru" in Japanese by native speakers of Mandarin Chinese, a language that…
Descriptors: Semantics, Mandarin Chinese, Native Speakers, Japanese