ERIC Number: ED274175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Conditions on Interlingual Semantic Transfer.
Tanaka, Shigenori; Abe, Hajime
This study examines the role of interlanguage transfer in lexico-semantic development in adult native Japanese-speaking learners of English as a second language in reference to two questions: (1) what constrains the initial hypothesis the student makes about the new target language word? and (2) what constrains a restructuring process of a potentially non-normative hypothesis? A semantic transfer hypothesis that predicts language transfer to be both pervasive and persistent in the domain of second language lexico-semantics is proposed, and it is suggested that this process operates together with the specific exemplar condition (stating that in second language learning, the student picks up and uses certain specific exemplars of a word, phrase, or sentence) and the prototype condition interactively in a total process of lexico-semantic development in this population. Implications are also drawn about the developmental relationship of over- and under-extensions. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: On TESOL '84. A Brave New World for TESOL. Selected Papers from the Annual Convention of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (18th, Houston, Texas, March 6-11, 1984); see FL 016 005.