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ERIC Number: EJ1175801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1305-578X
The Effects of Learning a Second Language on the First: The Case of Increased Metalinguistic Awareness
Atar, Cihat
Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies, v14 n1 p242-260 2018
The present study aims to test if Turkish L2 users of English judge the grammaticality of generic/habitual real conditionals in Turkish differently compared to Turkish monolinguals. Bassetti and Cook (2011) and Bialystok (2001) claim that one of the outcomes of being a bilingual is an increase in metalinguistic awareness. Accordingly, this study investigates if Turkish L2 users have an increased metalinguistic awareness. 20 grammaticality judgment tasks are analysed in data analysis. The participants are university-graduate 15 Turkish monolinguals and 15 Turkish L2 users of English. The responses are evaluated via both descriptive statistics and also SPSS. The analysis indicates that the difference between the monolinguals and L2 users in the judgement of Turkish conditionals is a statistically significant one. This result suggests that learning an L2 has an effect on the L1 of L2 users. This implies that L2 users are a distinctive group of people with regard to their language knowledge.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
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