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Language Transfer: Cross-Linguistic Influence in Language Learning (Cal)by Terence Odlin
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The author shows how similarities and differences between languages can influence grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation acquisition. 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? 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 extremely valuable to their work.
This book considers how much influence a learner's native language can have in making the acquisition of a new language easy or difficult. Many recent studies support the view that cross-linguistic influences can have an important impact on second language acquisition.
The author shows how similarities and differences between languages can influence grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation acquisition.
Table of Contents
Series editors' preface; Preface; Introduction; 2. Earlier thinking on transfer; 3. Some fundamental problems in the study of transfer; 4. Discourse; 5. Semantics; 6. Syntax; 7. Phonetics, phonology, and writing systems; 8. Nonstructural factors in transfer; 9. Looking back and looking ahead; 10. Implications for teaching; Glossary; References; Language index; Author index; Subject index.
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