ERIC Number: EJ936007
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Publication Date: 2011-Jul
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Morphophonemic Transfer in English Second Language Learners
Ping, Sze Wei; Rickard Liow, Susan J.
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, v14 n3 p423-432 Jul 2011
Malay (Rumi) is alphabetic and has a transparent, agglutinative system of affixation. We manipulated language-specific junctural phonetics in Malay and English to investigate whether morphophonemic L1-knowledge influences L2-processing. A morpheme decision task, "Does this "nonword" sound like a mono- or bi-morphemic English word?", was developed by crossing English Transitional Probability (high vs. low) with Malay Transitional Possibility (possible vs. impossible). The data for Malay-L1/English-L2 adults (N = 21) provide clear and reliable empirical evidence of L1-to-L2 morphophonemic transfer: Participants were more accurate at identifying transitional boundaries in English when they are also possible in Malay. Pedagogical implications are discussed.
Descriptors: Indonesian Languages, Phonetics, Morphophonemics, Probability, Morphemes, Native Language, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Decision Making, Transfer of Training, Teaching Methods
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