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ERIC Number: ED362022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Pages: 15
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Second Language Acquisition and the Subset Principle.
MacLaughlin, Dawn
The idea is explored that the Subset Principle is available to first language learners but not to second language learners, and that this difference is responsible at least in part, for the fossilization that seems to be characteristic of second language acquisition. Several experiments are reviewed where it has been concluded that the parameter setting in second language acquisition fails to obey the Subset Principle. These studies involve the Case Adjacency, Configurationality, and Governing Category parameters. In each case, it is suggested that the parameter assumed to be involved is not, in fact, a subset parameter. Consequently, the experimental results are not relevant to the Subset Principle. It is also suggested that even if these studies did involve subset parameters, there is an alternative interpretation under which the Subset Principle may still be operative. (Contains 37 references.) (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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