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Language Transfer Cross-Linguistic Influence in Language Learning

ISBN-10: 0521378095
ISBN-13: 9780521378093
Edition: 1989
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Description: The author shows how similarities and differences between languages can influence grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation acquisition. In the paperback edition, Terence Odlin reconsiders a question that many language teachers and educational  More...

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Book details

List price: $50.00
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/30/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638

The author shows how similarities and differences between languages can influence grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation acquisition. In the paperback edition, Terence Odlin reconsiders a question that many language teachers and educational researchers have addressed: How much influence can a learner's native language have in making the acquisition of a new language easy or difficult? Transfer has long been a controversial issue, but many recent studies support the view that cross-linguistic influences can have an important impact on second language acquisition. Odlin analyzes and interprets research showing many ways in which similarities and differences between languages can influence the acquisition of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. In addition, he provides a detailed look at work on other areas important for the study of transfer, including discourse, individual variation, and sociolinguistic factors. Language teachers, applied linguists, and educational researchers will find this volume highly accessible and extremely valuable to their work.

Preface
Introduction
Earlier thinking on transfer
Some fundamental problems in the study of transfer
Discourse
Semantics
Syntax
Phonetics, phonology, and writing systems
Nonstructural factors in transfer
Looking back and looking ahead
Implications for teaching
Glossary
References
Language index
Author index
Subject index

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