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ERIC Number: EJ831779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0267-6583
Lexical Learning in Second Language Acquisition: Optionality in the Numeration
Wakabayashi, Shigenori
Second Language Research, v25 n2 p335-341 2009
Lardiere suggests that second language acquisition (SLA) researchers should pay more attention to the distribution of a given feature in source and target languages, using the distribution of [plural] in English, Chinese and Korean to illustrate. I argue that the distribution of [definite] in English shows a similar complexity, and that this has largely been ignored in existing second language studies. I propose that it is distributional complexity of this kind that underlies the gradual development and variability observed in second language (L2) performance. A four-stage model is outlined, attributing gradual development/variability (partly) to optionality in the numeration. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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