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L3/Ln acquisition: A view from the outside

L3/Ln acquisition: A view from the outside
L3/Ln acquisition: A view from the outside
This paper approaches the research questions in current L3 acquisition research from the point of view of the current debates in L2A. We consider published L3 acquisition data to see whether four current hypotheses: the Feature Reassembly Hypothesis, the Interface Hypothesis, the Bottleneck Hypothesis and the Interpretability Hypothesis can give us explanations of the linguistic processes of multilingualism. As an answer to the question “what transfers in L3A?”, the Modular Transfer Hypothesis is proposed, arguing that what transfers is essentially dependent on the intrinsic difficulty of the linguistic property. It is demonstrated that difficulty depends both on morphology and/or meaning mismatches between the L1, L2 and L3, as well as on the frequency of the available evidence for the property to be acquired.
978 90 272 4187 0
46
115-140
John Benjamins
Slabakova, Roumyana
1bda11ce-ce3d-4146-8ae3-4a486b6f5bde
Cabrelli Amaro, Jennifer
Flynn, Suzanne
Rothman, Jason
Slabakova, Roumyana
1bda11ce-ce3d-4146-8ae3-4a486b6f5bde
Cabrelli Amaro, Jennifer
Flynn, Suzanne
Rothman, Jason

Slabakova, Roumyana (2012) L3/Ln acquisition: A view from the outside. In, Cabrelli Amaro, Jennifer, Flynn, Suzanne and Rothman, Jason (eds.) Third Language Acquisition in Adulthood. (Studies in Bilingualism, 46) Amsterdam, NL. John Benjamins, pp. 115-140.

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This paper approaches the research questions in current L3 acquisition research from the point of view of the current debates in L2A. We consider published L3 acquisition data to see whether four current hypotheses: the Feature Reassembly Hypothesis, the Interface Hypothesis, the Bottleneck Hypothesis and the Interpretability Hypothesis can give us explanations of the linguistic processes of multilingualism. As an answer to the question “what transfers in L3A?”, the Modular Transfer Hypothesis is proposed, arguing that what transfers is essentially dependent on the intrinsic difficulty of the linguistic property. It is demonstrated that difficulty depends both on morphology and/or meaning mismatches between the L1, L2 and L3, as well as on the frequency of the available evidence for the property to be acquired.

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Published date: September 2012
Organisations: Modern Languages

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Local EPrints ID: 355772
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/355772
ISBN: 978 90 272 4187 0
PURE UUID: 21cbf119-0173-4e57-a264-26070c9d3140
ORCID for Roumyana Slabakova: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5839-460X

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Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:24

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