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ERIC Number: EJ745585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0019-042X
The Semantic Constraints of the Basic Variety in L2-Dutch of Adolescent Moroccans in the Netherlands
Bos, Petra
International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching (IRAL), v42 n2 p153-171 Jun 2004
In this paper the L2-Dutch of a group of adolescent Moroccans living in the Netherlands is studied. Four tasks were administered to these informants, to a number of Dutch peers, and to some of the mothers of the Moroccan informants. These tasks were designed to test if the informants were able to cope with complex sentences, such as sentences with topics that are not placed at the beginning of the sentence or sentences with topics that do not represent the actor of the sentence. These young Moroccans were all born in the Netherlands or moved to the Netherlands before the age of four. It was found that their Dutch cannot be compared to the L2-Dutch of immigrants as described in many studies (such as their mothers' Dutch), as they were very well able to cope with complex topics and they were also able to produce them themselves. At the same time however, their Dutch was still different at some points from that of their Dutch peers. (Contains 3 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Morocco; Netherlands