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Grammatical Markedness and Information Processing in the Acquisition of Arabic as a Second Language

Mansouri, Fethi

Published by LINCOM, 2000
ISBN 10: 389586952X / ISBN 13: 9783895869525
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Title: Grammatical Markedness and Information ...

Publisher: LINCOM

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: Neu

Dust Jacket Condition: Gut

Edition: 1. Auflage


This book presents a comprehensive investigation into the acquisition of Arabic as a second language. It has two primary objectives: first to establish the developmental sequence for the acquisition of Arabic interlanguage morphology and syntax; second to investigate cross-linguistically certain claims and principles proposed in Pienemann's (1998) Processability theory. This second objective is particularly important as it explores issues of language processing and language development (Clahsen 1984; Pienemann 1998) in a second language acquisition (SLA) context where the target language (Arabic) is typologically different to those languages previously investigated, in particular, English, German and Spanish. The main research questions stem from: Processability-related SLA research (Pienemann 1994, 1998; Johnston 1995; Andersen 1991); Arabic L1 research (Omar 1973); and Arabic SLA research (Al-Buanain 1987; Mansouri 1995, 1997). With regard to the morpho-syntactic predictions generated through Processability-related research, the findings of this study are consistent with those reported by Pienemann (1994) and Johnston (1995) on the acquisition of German and Spanish respectively. However, the findings that relate to interlanguage morphology are less consistent with the Processability-generated predictions. Table of Contents: Introduction Chapter 1: Description of the Arabic language Diglossia in Arabic Linguistic description Verbal morphology Phrasal agreement Inter-phrasal agreement Linguistic theory adopted in this study Lexical Functional Grammar Chapter 2: Review of the relevant literature Arabic L1 studies Arabic L2 studies Cross-linguistic studies on the acquisition of morpho-syntax Chapter 3: Theoretical framework Historical perspective on SLA theories Theoretical considerations A Processability approach Lexical Functional Grammar revisited Research questions and hypotheses Chapter 4: Data-generated acquisition stages Acquisition stages for interlanguage syntax Acquisition stages for interlanguage morphology Research questions in light of the overall findings Chapter 5: Theoretical discussion The Processability approach in light of the findings of this study Teachability issues Chapter 6: Conclusion Theoretical implications of the studys findings References, Appendices. ISBN 289586952X. LINCOM Studies in Language Acquisition 02. 260pp. 2000. Bookseller Inventory # B-9783895869525

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