Crosslinguistic Influence in Multilinguals: An Examination of Chinese-English-French Speakers (Second Language Acquisition)

Crosslinguistic Influence in Multilinguals: An Examination of Chinese-English-French Speakers (Second Language Acquisition)

By: Wai Lan Tsang (author)Hardback

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This book reports on a research project conducted in multilingual Hong Kong, where Cantonese is the mother tongue (L1) of the majority of the population and learning different foreign languages is commonplace. In addition to English, which is usually the second language (L2), more and more people learn other languages, such as French (L3). Drawing on the notions of `interface' and `reverse transfer' in second language acquisition, this book addresses the possible role of L3 French in the acquisition of English as an L2 with two major concerns: firstly, the degree to which L3 acquisition will bring about a positive or negative transfer effect on L2 acquisition and secondly, the way in which an L3 interacts with an L2 and/or even an L1 on different interfaces as identified in second language acquisition. The study will appeal to researchers interested in second and third language acquisition, bi- and multilingualism and crosslinguistic influence.

About Author

Wai Lan Tsang is Honorary Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Programme Director at the Graduate School at The University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include second and third language acquisition, syntax and morphology.

Contents

Chapter 1: Overview Chapter 2: Design of the L3 French-L2 English Project Chapter 3: Target Structures of the L3 French-L2 English Project Chapter 4: Nominal Plural Marking Chapter 5: Past Tense Marking Chapter 6: Adverb Placement Chapter 7: Conclusions: The Way Forward

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781783096886
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 152
  • ID: 9781783096886
  • weight: 381
  • ISBN10: 1783096888

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