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Learning Artificial Languages: The Role of Universal Grammar

Angela Carpenter

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196 pages. Dimensions: 9.6in. x 6.8in. x 0.5in.If Universal Grammar (UG) can aid adult second language acquisition an important question arises: are linguistic principles that are not active in the native language also accessible to second language learners This question of adult accessibility to UG is addressed by investigating whether a specific phonological principle that does not exist in the subjects native language is accessible to adult learners. Artificial languages were constructed to compare the acquisition of a stress system that follows a natural phonological principle with one that is almost identical to the same principle, but differs in one feature, thus making it an unnatural system. If second language learners have access to innate universal linguistic principles they should be better able to learn the natural rule over the unnatural one. The positive results lend support to the idea of adult second language learners having access to UG. This book should be of interest to educators and researchers in the fields of artificial language learning, second language acquisition and phonological stress or those with a general interest in laboratory phonology. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9783836459266

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Publisher: VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller e.K.

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If Universal Grammar (UG) can aid adult second language acquisition an important question arises: are linguistic principles that are not active in the native language also accessible to second language learners? This question of adult accessibility to UG is addressed by investigating whether a specific phonological principle that does not exist in the subjects' native language is accessible to adult learners. Artificial languages were constructed to compare the acquisition of a stress system that follows a natural phonological principle with one that is almost identical to the same principle, but differs in one feature, thus making it an "unnatural" system. If second language learners have access to innate universal linguistic principles they should be better able to learn the natural rule over the unnatural one. The positive results lend support to the idea of adult second language learners having access to UG. This book should be of interest to educators and researchers in the fields of artificial language learning, second language acquisition and phonological stress or those with a general interest in laboratory phonology.

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Angela C. Carpenter, Ph.D. studied Linguistics specializing in Phonology and Acquisition of Phonology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She teaches linguistics and psycholinguistics and researches language acquisition. Presently serving as a Class Dean at Wellesley College, Dr. Carpenter lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her family.

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