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ERIC Number: EJ1157643
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-6001
A Feature-Based Contrastive Approach to the L2 Acquisition of Specificity
Cho, Jacee; Slabakova, Roumyana
Applied Linguistics, v38 n3 p318-339 Jun 2017
This study examined the acquisition of the Russian indefinite determiners ("kakoj"-"to" "which"-"to" and "kakoj"-"nibud" "which"-"nibud'') encoding scopal specificity by English and Korean native speakers within the feature-based contrastive framework (Lardiere 2008, 2009). The specificity markers "kakoj"-"to" and "kakoj"-"nibud" are reflections of different values of three major nominal features: "definiteness", "scopal specificity", and "referentiality". The learning task for each functional item differs with respect to mapping and reconfiguration of the feature combinations. Our experimental data suggest that the morpheme kakoj-to was acquired early since English ("some") and Korean ("eotteon" "some") have the corresponding morphemes with the same featural representation as the Russian "kakoj"-"to". The morpheme "kakoj"-"nibud" presented a greater difficulty since its featural make-up is not overtly realized in English or Korean, that is, learners had to reassemble the target feature set. Such developmental patterns provide evidence that feature reassembly poses a challenge in second language acquisition. On the basis of the findings, pedagogical implications are discussed.
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Language: English
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