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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

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Provides richly detailed insight into the uniqueness of the Norwegian language development. Marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian nation following centuries of Danish rule

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Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

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Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

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The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin

Query Details

Query Subject:   'Outperforming' Native Speakers
Author:   Nigel Duffield
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition

Query:   I have recently become interested in a phenomenon in SLA, where
intermediate and advanced L2 learners ''outperform'' native speakers in
acceptability judgment tasks (both implicit and explicit tasks). By
''outperform'' I intend instances where L2 learners' judgments agree better
with those of (native-speaker) *theoretical linguists* than do those of
naive native-speakers (the so-called ''control subjects''). I have observed
this pattern of results in various tasks looking at distinct morphological
and syntactic phenomena, and have already made some tentative efforts to
explain it (see for example, Moderne Sprachen 48: 95-117).

I would very much like to know, though, how general this phenomenon is
(hopefully, it's not just an artefact of my own experimental methods!).
Therefore if other colleagues have observed similar odd results in their
own experiments, I would be most grateful if they would let me know. Please
contact me directly, and I will summarise for the List. Thanks very much.

Nigel Duffield
LL Issue: 17.912
Date posted: 24-Mar-2006


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