Knowledge of features in fossilized second language grammars

Domínguez, Laura (2007) Knowledge of features in fossilized second language grammars. Second Language Research, 23, (2), 243-260. (doi:10.1177/0267658307076595).


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This article examines two recent books on fossilization and assesses their contribution to our understanding of the causes of non-target performance in near-native grammars. The different accounts of fossilization these books present is outlined; one takes the view that a critical period prevents subjects from accessing syntactic features which are not available in their first language (L1), while the other takes the view that maturational problems make it difficult for learners
to work out the mapping between syntactic features and their
morphological expression. The contrasting consequences of each of these phenomena upon our understanding of fossilization, end-state grammars and the role played by the first language are highlighted. The possibility of moving away from a parameter-setting model of second language acquisition is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/0267658307076595
ISSNs: 0267-6583 (print)
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Subjects: L Education > LA History of education
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Modern Languages
ePrint ID: 42149
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
April 2007Published
Date Deposited: 29 May 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:14

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