The Acquisition of the German Case System by Foreign Language Learners (Processability Approaches to Language Acquisition Research & Teaching 2)

The Acquisition of the German Case System by Foreign Language Learners (Processability Approaches to Language Acquisition Research & Teaching 2)

By: Kristof Baten (author)Hardback

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This is the first book on the acquisition of the German case system by foreign language learners. It explores how learners in their interlanguage progress from the total absence to the presence of a case system. This development is characterized by an evolvement from marking the argument's position to marking the argument's actual function. Theoretically couched within Processability Theory, the book deals with the feature unification and the mapping processes involved in case marking, and critically examines previous findings on German case acquisition. Empirically, the book consists of longitudinal data of 11 foreign language learners of German, which was collected over a period of 2 years. This book will be useful to anyone interested in the acquisition of German and in the acquisition of case systems in general.

Contents

1. Acknowledgements; 2. List of tables; 3. List of figures; 4. List of abbreviations; 5. Chapter 1. Introduction; 6. Chapter 2. The developmental problem in second language acquisition; 7. Chapter 3. The acquisition of the German case system; 8. Chapter 4. Feature unification and linking in case marking; 9. Chapter 5. Methodology; 10. Chapter 6. Results and discussion; 11. Chapter 7. General conclusion; 12. References; 13. Appendix; 14. Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9789027203021
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9789027203021
  • weight: 745
  • ISBN10: 9027203024

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