The Developmental Dimension in Instructed Second Language Learning: The L2 Acquisition of Object Pronouns in Spanish

The Developmental Dimension in Instructed Second Language Learning: The L2 Acquisition of Object Pronouns in Spanish

by Paul Malovrh, James F. Lee


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This work identifies developmental stages in the acquisition of object pronouns by instructed second language learners of Spanish. It examines learners ranging from beginner to advanced, where the most advanced are themselves teachers of Spanish language courses. Study abroad experience is also a variable in the data.

The book explores language production from a functionalist perspective, examining form-to-function and function-to-form mappings. It provides insights into related developments in production, placement and processing of object pronouns. Detailed analysis reveals that the most powerful predictor of performance across levels and within levels for each of these is the level of the learner.Formal instruction and the study abroad experience is examined, both the specific instruction on object pronouns and overall exposure to instruction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472587978
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 09/25/2014
Series: Advances in Instructed Second Language Acquisition Research
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Paul A. Malovrh is Assistant Professor at the University of Carolina, USA.

James F. Lee is Head of the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Part I
2. On Input and Output in Second Language Acquisition
3. The Role of Formal Instruction and Study Abroad in Instructed Second Language Acquistions
Part II: Previous Research Related to Object Pronouns
4. Output and Language Production
5. Input and Input Processing
6. Research Methodology for the Analysis of Object Pronouns in Spanish as an L2
III. L2 Development of Spanish Object Pronouns
7. Concept-oriented Approach to the Analysis of L2 Production
8. Morphological, Syntactic and Semantic Predictors of the L2 Production and Placement of Spanish Object Pronouns
9. Linguistic Context and Linguistic Features Affecting L2 Processing of Object Pronouns in Spanish
10. Related developments in L2 Processing
Part IV: Conclusion
11. From Default Forms and Canonical

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