Complexity at the phrasal level in spoken L1 and very advanced L2 French
2015 (English)In: Language, Interaction and Acquisition, ISSN 1879-7865, E-ISSN 1879-7873, Vol. 6, no 2, 181-201 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article examines linguistic complexity in the noun phrase in spoken L1 and L2 French. Research on linguistic complexity in L2 has often concentrated on syntactic complexity, subordination in particular. In this study, we focus on syntactic complexity at the phrasal level, i.e. in the noun phrase, following the assumption put forward by Norris and Ortega (2009: 564) that internal NP complexity provides an important measure of very advanced learners. The present study examines pre- and post-modification in the noun phrase in the oral production of very advanced non-native speakers (NNS) and native speakers (NS) elicited through an on-line retelling of a clip from Modern Times. The results confirm our main hypothesis, that there are differences between NS and NNS: NS use more complex NPs, NPs with a higher mean number of words and more NPs with multiple modifiers.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 6, no 2, 181-201 p.
high level proficiency, linguistic/syntactic complexity, noun phrase, advanced L2 French, on-line spoken production
Languages and Literature
Research subject Bilingualism; French
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-127388DOI: 10.1075/lia.6.2.01barOAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-127388DiVA: diva2:908675
ProjectsHigh-level Proficiency in Second Language Use
FunderRiksbankens Jubileumsfond, M2005-459:1-RJ