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ERIC Number: EJ838219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-0026-7902
Cross-Linguistic Influence on Referent Introduction and Tracking in Japanese as a Second Language
Nakahama, Yuko
Modern Language Journal, v93 n2 p241-260 Sum 2009
This study investigates cross-linguistic influence (CLI)--also known as first language (L1) transfer--on referent introduction and tracking in oral narratives in Japanese as a second language (L2) within the framework of functional approaches to language learning. Narrative discourse produced by two groups of learners of Japanese, one whose L1 is typologically parallel to and one whose L1 is distant from Japanese (Korean and English, respectively), was investigated at three different proficiency levels. The results showed that there were differing patterns in the development of referent introduction and tracking between the two groups, which seemed to be influenced by the learners' L1. Further, different linguistic forms generated the differing ways in which CLI was realized in the learner language. To explicate these findings, I argue that (a) the saliency of certain linguistic forms facilitated CLI to take place, (b) lower level learners could not fully take advantage of the shared linguistic features between the L1 and L2 due to linguistic constraints they experienced, and (c) the learners' "thinking for speaking" in their L1 transferred to their L2.
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Language: English
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