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Bardovi-Harlig, Kathleen; Stringer, David – Second Language Research, 2017
This article presents a generative analysis of the acquisition of formulaic language as an alternative to current usage-based proposals. One influential view of the role of formulaic expressions in second language (L2) development is that they are a bootstrapping mechanism into the L2 grammar; an initial repertoire of constructions allows for…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Simulation, Task Analysis
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Bardovi-Harlig, Kathleen; Mossman, Sabrina; Vellenga, Heidi E. – Language Teaching Research, 2015
This study investigates the effect of instruction on the acquisition of pragmatic routines used in academic discussion, specifically expressions of agreement, disagreement, and clarification. Thirty-seven learners, including an experimental group of 26 students and a control group of 11 students, participated in the study. Five intact classes…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Pragmatics
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Bardovi-Harlig, Kathleen – Language Awareness, 2014
This study explores L2 learners' awareness of meaning of L2 conventional expressions and the effect of form-meaning associations on the use of the expressions in L2 pragmatics. Definitions and examples were elicited through an aural Vocabulary Knowledge Scale modified for expressions. Elicited definitions were used to explore the meanings that…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Second Language Learning, Pragmatics, Vocabulary
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Bardovi-Harlig, Kathleen – Language Learning, 2001
Examines the emergence of the present perfect in the interlanguage of adult learners of English as a Second Language (ESL). Part of a growing body of research on the acquisition of temporal expression by learners of a variety of second languages, this study explores a tense/aspect form acquired late in first language acquisition. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: College Students, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Grammar
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Bardovi-Harlig, Kathleen – Language Learning, 1997
Examines the emergence of the present perfect in the interlanguage of instructed adult learners of English as a Second Language. Findings indicate that adding a new inflection in the tense/aspect system requires establishing new form-meaning associations as well as revising existing ones. (44 references) (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Associative Learning, English (Second Language)