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Languages 2019, 4(1), 1; https://doi.org/10.3390/languages4010001

L1 Transfer in L2 Acquisition of English Verbal Morphology by Japanese Young Instructed Learners

Faculty of Commerce, Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Nisshin, Aichi Prefecture 470-0193, Japan
Received: 16 August 2018 / Revised: 3 December 2018 / Accepted: 13 December 2018 / Published: 20 December 2018
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Abstract

Inflectional morphology has been considered as a particularly difficult area in second language (L2) acquisition (Lardiere 2008; Slabakova 2008). This paper reports on an empirical study investigating the L2 acquisition of English verbal morphology by Japanese young instructed learners. The aim of this study is to explore how the first language (L1) plays a role in the L2 acquisition of inflectional morphology, by applying the Feature Reassembly Hypothesis (FRH, Lardiere 2008, 2009) to a Japanese−English pairing. An elicited production task was administered to Japanese junior high school aged 12–15 (n = 102) and university students aged 19–20 (n = 30). The results show a difference with respect to accuracy rates and error types from previous L2 English studies, in terms of tense−aspect morphology. The findings provide evidence for the FRH’s prediction that attributes morphological variability to L1−L2 contrasts in reassembly of feature matrices for morpholexical items. View Full-Text
Keywords: variability; tense−aspect morphology; feature reassembly; −teiru variability; tense−aspect morphology; feature reassembly; teiru
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Muroya, A. L1 Transfer in L2 Acquisition of English Verbal Morphology by Japanese Young Instructed Learners. Languages 2019, 4, 1.

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