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Activation and blending in third language acquisition. Evidence of crosslinguistic influence from the L2 in a longitudinal study on L3 English
University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. (GRAL Research Group (Research Group in Language Acquisition))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6325-3513
2015 (English)In: Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, ISSN 1366-7289, E-ISSN 1469-1841, Vol. 18, 252-269 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper reports the findings of a four-year longitudinal study that examined the role of prior linguistic knowledge on the written L3 production of 93 Spanish/Catalan learners. Two research questions guided the study: the first asked whether a background language (L1s Spanish/Catalan, L2 German) would activate in parallel with L3 English during word construction attempts involving verbal forms, and if so, which would be the source language of blending. The second addressed the progressive readjustments of L2 activation and blending in the course of the first 200 hours of instruction. The elicitation technique was a written narrative based on a story telling task. Data were collected first when the learners were on average 9.9 years old (T1), and again at the ages of 10.9 (T2), 11.9 (T3) and 12.9 (T4). The focus of analysis was on word construction attempts that involved verbal forms. The results suggest that a background language, the L2, did indeed activate, especially at early stages of L3 acquisition.

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2015. Vol. 18, 252-269 p.
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crosslinguistic influence, third language acquisition, blending, lexical invention, age
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-120406DOI: 10.1017/S1366728914000091ISI: 000351057500010OAI: diva2:852445
Available from: 2015-09-09 Created: 2015-09-09 Last updated: 2015-11-30Bibliographically approved

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