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ERIC Number: EJ775059
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0142-6001
An Operational Definition of the Emergence Criterion
Pallotti, Gabriele
Applied Linguistics, v28 n3 p361-382 2007
Although acquisition criteria are a fundamental issue for SLA research, they have not always been adequately defined or elaborated in the literature. This article critically scrutinizes one such criterion, the emergence criterion, proposing an explicit, operational definition. After discussing emergence as a theoretical construct, the article addresses several points involved in its operationalization. These points concern all stages of a research project, from data collection to data organization and analysis. A concrete example is provided, leading to the formulation of an emergence criterion for the acquisition of two grammatical structures of Italian as a second language. Issues of reliability and validity are also discussed, providing indications for future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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