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Environmental influence on language acquisition: Comparing second and
 foreign language acquisition of Swedish
Språk- och litteraturcentrum, Lunds universitet.
Dept of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne.
2010 (English)In: Language learning, ISSN 0023-8333, E-ISSN 1467-9922, Vol. 60, no 3, 628-650 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the influence of the learning environment on the second language acquisition of Swedish. Data were collected longitudinally over 1 year from 35 university students studying Swedish in Malmö, Sweden, and in Melbourne, Australia. Three areas were investigated: grammar, pragmatics, and lexicon. The development of grammar was analyzed within the framework of Processability Theory (Pienemann, 1998, 2005). For the pragmatic analysis, the learners’ production in a gap-filling task was measured against answers from 100 native speakers. A scoring system was devised to enable comparisons between learners and native speakers. The lexical analysis was based on a word association test. The results show that the grammar developed similarly in the two groups, whereas differences between the groups were found in pragmatics and lexicon. This variation is explained by differences in target language exposure.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Vol. 60, no 3, 628-650 p.
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language acquisition;second versus foreign;Processability Theory;L2 exposure;L2 Swedish;pragmatics;word association
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42018DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9922.2010.00569.xOAI: diva2:343633
Svenska i och utanför Sverige (Vetenskapsrådet 2003-2005)
Catrin Norrby var anställd vid University of Melbourne när arbetet med artikeln pågick men anställd vid Stockholms universitet när den publicerades. Available from: 2010-08-14 Created: 2010-08-14 Last updated: 2012-01-04Bibliographically approved

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