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ERIC Number: EJ831786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 55
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 105
ISSN: ISSN-0267-6583
Some Thoughts on the Contrastive Analysis of Features in Second Language Acquisition
Lardiere, Donna
Second Language Research, v25 n2 p173-227 2009
In this article I discuss the selection and assembly of formal features in second language acquisition. Assembling the particular lexical items of a second language (L2) requires that the learner reconfigure features from the way these are represented in the first language (L1) into new formal configurations on possibly quite different types of lexical items in the L2. I illustrate the nature of the problem by comparing the assembly and expression of features involved in plural-marking in English, Mandarin Chinese and Korean, and situate this comparison with respect to specific claims of the Nominal Mapping Parameter and within a discussion of parameter (re)setting more generally. I conclude with a few even more general thoughts on the role of Universal Grammar (UG) in (second) language acquisition. (Contains 37 footnotes.)
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Language: English
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