The Acquisition of Pronominal Case-Marking by Persian Learners of English

Gahrouei , Vahid Mahmoudi and Hashemi, Abdollah (2012) The Acquisition of Pronominal Case-Marking by Persian Learners of English. In: 2nd International Conference on Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (FLTAL’12), 4-6 May 2012, Sarajevo.

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Sixty six seventh- and eighth-grade students (age 12–14) learning English in Persian classrooms were tested on their knowledge of English case-marked pronouns in sentences like She knows him,*She knows he and *Her knows him. The aim of the study was to evaluate the predictions of three theories of second language (L2) development against the results obtained. Given the case-marking properties of Persian Language, the Full Transfer/Full Access model of Schwartz (1998) and Schwartz and Sprouse (1994; 1996; 2000), the Minimal Trees model of Vainikka and Young-Scholten (1994; 1996a; 1996b; 1998) and the Lexical Learning/Lexical Transfer model of Wakabayashi (1997; 2002) make different predictions about the kinds of patterns of case-marked pronouns that will be found in the second language English of early learners with Persian first language (L1). It is argued that the results are consistent with the predictions of the Lexical Learning/Lexical Transfer model, but with neither Full Transfer/Full Access nor Minimal Trees.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Depositing User: Mr. Ibrahim Kinal
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2012 09:12
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2012 09:12

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