The role of L3 in the interpretation of articles with definite plurals in L2 English

Ahn, Hee-Don, and Jang, Haejin (2019) The role of L3 in the interpretation of articles with definite plurals in L2 English. Journal Of Asia TEFL, 16 (1). pp. 12-36.

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Abstract

Recent developments in the acquisition of third languages (L3A) have only placed an emphasis on the influence of L I or L2 on L3A (forward transfer). However, this study investigated the role of L I or L3 in L2A (backward transfer), by focusing on cross-linguistic variations in generic interpretation on plural NPs. We examined how multilingual (L2 and L3) learners interpret nominals in generic contexts. Two experiments (an acceptability judgement task and a truth value judgement task) are conducted to investigate the influence of L I and L3 on L2A (English) by third language (L3) learners. We looked at whether these learners exhibit backward transfer in the acquisition of generic NPs in English. The results of the two experiments suggest that the influence of L3 is more significant in L2A of English than that of L I . Therefore, in terms of backward transfer, the results are more supportive of the Foreign Language Effect which implies that cognitive similarities play an important role in L2A for L3 learners. In conclusion, for those multilinguals, it is important to factor the L3 (high foreignness) influence when acquiring L2 (high foreignness) because L3 transfer is more important than L 1 (non-foreign) transfer.

Item ID: 58036
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2466-1511
Keywords: L2/L3 acquisition, forward/backward transfer, generic plural NPs
Copyright Information: © 2004 AsiaTEFL.org. All rights reserved.
Funders: Kongkut University
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2019 09:21
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics @ 50%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 50%
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