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Processability Theory applied to written and spoken L2 Swedish

Håkansson, Gisela LU and Norrby, Catrin (2006) p.81-94
Abstract
This study investigates grammatical development in foreign and second language learners of Swedish. The hypothesis is that the hierarchy of processability predicted by Processability Theory (Pienemann 1998) guides both written and spoken learner production. The data was collected from 9 foreign language learners studying Swedish at Melbourne University and 11 second language learners studying Swedish at Malmö University, Sweden. The written data was collected twice over an eight months period, and the oral data was collected once at the end of the language course. Specific syntactic and morphological structures were elicited in both data sets. The results showed that both learner groups developed the target structures as predicted by... (More)
This study investigates grammatical development in foreign and second language learners of Swedish. The hypothesis is that the hierarchy of processability predicted by Processability Theory (Pienemann 1998) guides both written and spoken learner production. The data was collected from 9 foreign language learners studying Swedish at Melbourne University and 11 second language learners studying Swedish at Malmö University, Sweden. The written data was collected twice over an eight months period, and the oral data was collected once at the end of the language course. Specific syntactic and morphological structures were elicited in both data sets. The results showed that both learner groups developed the target structures as predicted by Processability Theory (PT). Most learners performed at the same PT level in writing and speech, but some structures occurred more frequently in writing. The results show that the planning time that is used in writing does not influence grammatical processability (e.g. Swedish subordinate clause word order). However, the lack of contexts for certain structures suggests that monitoring has an influence on language complexity (e.g. subordination). (Less)
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Second language acquisition research: theory-construction and testing
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Mansouri, Fethi
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Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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  abstract     = {This study investigates grammatical development in foreign and second language learners of Swedish. The hypothesis is that the hierarchy of processability predicted by Processability Theory (Pienemann 1998) guides both written and spoken learner production. The data was collected from 9 foreign language learners studying Swedish at Melbourne University and 11 second language learners studying Swedish at Malmö University, Sweden. The written data was collected twice over an eight months period, and the oral data was collected once at the end of the language course. Specific syntactic and morphological structures were elicited in both data sets. The results showed that both learner groups developed the target structures as predicted by Processability Theory (PT). Most learners performed at the same PT level in writing and speech, but some structures occurred more frequently in writing. The results show that the planning time that is used in writing does not influence grammatical processability (e.g. Swedish subordinate clause word order). However, the lack of contexts for certain structures suggests that monitoring has an influence on language complexity (e.g. subordination).},
  author       = {Håkansson, Gisela and Norrby, Catrin},
  booktitle    = {Second language acquisition research: theory-construction and testing},
  editor       = {Mansouri, Fethi},
  isbn         = {1-84718-051-5},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {81--94},
  publisher    = {Cambridge Scholars Publishing},
  title        = {Processability Theory applied to written and spoken L2 Swedish},
  year         = {2006},
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