Multilingualism And The Second Language Acquisition Studies Essay
Therefore, it seems obvious that, regardless of the enormous individual variation in L2 learning (4), a Japanese German learner would experience more negative transfer than a Dutch native learning German, since the latter would be more familiar with either the rule computation or lexical association in the target language (5). So would a Chinese English learner comparing to a French native.
L1 Bidialectal Transfer Benefit
In first language acquisition studies, the mechanisms that prevent learners from producing wrong sentences (such as 4 or 5 below; asterisks indicate ungrammaticality) by analogy to normal sentences (such as 1 and 2) have been a source of mystery (6).
1) I loaded the bricks onto the truck.
2) I loaded the truck with bricks.
3) I poured the water onto the ground.
4) *I poured the ground with water.
5) *I filled the bricks onto the truck.
6) I filled the truck with bricks.
Such an ability to make right generalizations of verbs…