ERIC Number: ED172556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
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Predictors of Relative Clause Production.
Chiang, David L.
Predictors of relative clause production in adult second language acquisition were examined through a replication and extension of a study by Schachter (1974). The present study is different in that it was based on oral instead of written production and it was designed to examine avoidance with the consideration that avoidance presupposed choice. Two questions were asked of entering foreign students at the University of Southern California during an oral interview examination. One of the questions was meant to elicit a relative clause with a relativized subject, the other with a relativized non-subject. (Non-subject refers to direct object, indirect object, and oblique case NP's). Predictor variables were language background, overall target language proficiency, and the two input question types. A multiple regression analysis was performed. The results indicate that the order of importance of predictor variables in the determination of the frequency of the production of relative clauses is over-all target language proficiency, language background, and input question types. Although an avoidance strategy regarding relative clause production was found, there is a need to determine other contributing factors. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Relative Clauses
Note: Paper presented at the Second Language Research Forum (Los Angeles, California); M.A. Thesis, University of Southern California