Adult Language Acquisition: Volume 1, Field Methods: Cross-Linguistic Perspectives
Cambridge University Press, Jul 30, 1993 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 272 pages
These two volumes present the methodology and results of an international research project on second language acquisition by adult immigrants. This project went beyond other studies in at least three respects: in the number of languages studied simultaneously; in the organisation of co-ordinated longitudinal studies in different linguistic environments; and in the type and range of linguistic phenomena investigated. It placed the study of second languages and inter-ethnic discourse on a firm empirical footing. Volume 1 explains and evaluates the research design adopted for the project. Volume 2 summarises the cross-linguistic results, under two main headings: native/non-native speaker interaction, and language production. Together they present the reader with a complete research procedure, and in doing so, make explicit the links between research questions, methodology, and results.
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Previous longitudinal studies
Who are the adult immigrants?
some communicative tasks for the learner
Data collection techniques
TVanscription storage and retrieval of data
Measuring language acquisition
acquisition process adult adverbial Aktionsart analysis anaphoric aspects Berta chapter communicative context correlations cross-linguistic cycle data collection deictic developmental discourse activity Dutch English Ergiin ESF project example expression factors feedback film retelling Finnish French function German grammaticalised GREP Guiraud immigrants initial input interaction Italian KWIC learner varieties learning lemmatised lexical measures lexical richness linguistic longitudinal study Mahmut means morpheme motivation native speakers nouns number of tokens organisation possible problems proficiency programmes pronouns Punjabi questions reference relation relatum relevant repertoire research areas Romance languages sample second language acquisition sequence Socio-biographical information source language Spanish spatial specific stages structure Sweden Swedish syntactic systematic Table target country target language task teams techniques temporal theoretical vocabulary Tilburg tion TL speakers total number transcribed transcription Turkish utterances variables variation verb word class word forms word order Zahra ZISA