ERIC Number: ED421861
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Avoidance Defined: The Psychology of Linguistic Determinism and the Ontology of Cognitive Predeterminism. CLCS Occasional Paper No. 52.
This study investigated whether "avoidance" is an appropriate term to describe the linguistic behavior in which the learner with a particular first-language (L1) background tries to underproduce or underrepresent a particular second-language (L2) structure. The first section seeks to establish the general psycholinguistic principle that determines avoidance in the process of L2 acquisition, particularly within behaviorist and cognitive psychology. The second section looks in more depth at the ontological dimension of cognition that predetermines this general psycholinguistic principle. The final section is an extensive critical survey of an "avoidance classic," namely H. Kleinmann's account of the passive construction in the case of Arabic-speaking learners of English and some of J. Schachter's speculative conclusions. (Contains 51 references.) (MSE)
Descriptors: Arabic, Cognitive Processes, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Grammar, Language Patterns, Language Processing, Language Research, Language Usage, Linguistic Theory, Psycholinguistics, Second Language Learning, Uncommonly Taught Languages, Verbs
The Secretary, Centre for Language and Communication Studies, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Trinity Coll., Dublin (Ireland). Centre for Language and Communication Studies.