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ERIC Number: EJ1020493
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0267-6583
Multiple Grammars and Second Language Representation
Amaral, Luiz; Roeper, Tom
Second Language Research, v30 n1 p3-36 Jan 2014
This paper presents an extension of the Multiple Grammars Theory (Roeper, 1999) to provide a formal mechanism that can serve as a generative-based alternative to current descriptive models of interlanguage. The theory extends historical work by Kroch and Taylor (1997), and has been taken into a computational direction by Yang (2003). The proposal is based on the idea that any human grammar readily accommodates sets of rules in sub-grammars that can seem (apparently) contradictory. We discuss the rationale behind this proposal and establish a dialogue with recent research in SLA, multilingualism, L3 acquisition, and L2 processing. We compare the Multiple Grammars explanation to optionality in L2 to other current proposals, and provide experimental results that can demonstrate the existence of active sub-grammars in the linguistic representation of L2 speakers.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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