Language dominance and lexical diversity: How bilinguals and L2 learners differ in their knowledge and use of French lexical and functional items

Treffers-Daller, J. (2009) Language dominance and lexical diversity: How bilinguals and L2 learners differ in their knowledge and use of French lexical and functional items. In: Richards, B., Michael Daller, H., Malvern, D. D., Meara, P., Milton, J. and Treffers-Daller, J., eds. (2009) Vocabulary Studies in first and second language acquisition. The interface between theory and applications. Houndmills Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 74-90. ISBN 9780230206687

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Abstract

This chapter makes an important contribution to our understanding of how the language abilities of bilinguals differ from those of second language learners. Few researchers have so far attempted to assess the knowledge bilinguals have of either language in any detail, although it is legitimate to question how one can differentiate between different types of bilinguals or between bilinguals and second language learners. In the study a detailed comparison is made of the vocabulary of French-Dutch bilinguals from Brussels, Flemish learners of French and French-English bilingual students from a business school in Paris. Analyses of the data were carried with the help of CLAN, a computer software developed by MacWhinney (2000) for the analysis of written and spoken language. There were not only significant differences between the three groups in their use of lexical items, but also in their use of function words: relativisers, the L2 learners used fewer and a more limited range (only subject relativisers) than the bilinguals.

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Additional Information:‘Treffers-Daller, Jeanine, Language dominance and lexical diversity: How bilinguals and L2 learners differ in their knowledge and use of French lexical and functional items, 2009, Palgrave Macmillan reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan’. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive version of this piece may be found in Vocabulary Studies in first and second language acquisition. The interface between theory and applications edited by B. Richards et al which can be purchased from www.palgrave.com 100% contribution. This is a single-authored book chapter. Jeanine Treffers-Daller is also co-editor of this volume.
Uncontrolled Keywords:bilinguism, French, language
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education
ID Code:11765
Deposited By: A. Lawson
Deposited On:17 Sep 2010 08:31
Last Modified:15 Aug 2013 08:23

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