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Processability theory and German case acquisition

Kristof Baten (UGent)
(2011) LANGUAGE LEARNING. 61(2). p.455-505
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This article represents the first attempt to formulate a hypothetical sequence for German case acquisition by Dutch-speaking learners on the basis of Processability Theory (PT). It will be argued that case forms emerge corresponding to a development from lexical over phrasal to interphrasal morphemes. This development, however, is subject to a correction factor due to the principle of direct mapping. In addition, the unmarked alignment hypothesis allows for a differentiation between similar case contexts (e.g., preverbal and postverbal nominative or accusative arguments). A cross-sectional study was performed in order to examine whether the German case system is indeed acquired according to the hypotheses derived from PT. "Fill-in-the-blanks-exercises" were analyzed from 704 Flemish second-language learners of German. The results of the study do indeed suggest a development in line with PT.
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LANGUAGE, ssability Theory, sequence of acquisition, German case system, acquisition of German case system, instructed second language acquisition, WORD-ORDER, LEARNERS

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Baten, Kristof. “Processability Theory and German Case Acquisition.” LANGUAGE LEARNING 61.2 (2011): 455–505. Print.
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Baten, K. (2011). Processability theory and German case acquisition. LANGUAGE LEARNING, 61(2), 455–505.
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Baten K. Processability theory and German case acquisition. LANGUAGE LEARNING. 2011;61(2):455–505.
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K. Baten, “Processability theory and German case acquisition,” LANGUAGE LEARNING, vol. 61, no. 2, pp. 455–505, 2011.
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  abstract     = {This article represents the first attempt to formulate a hypothetical sequence for German case acquisition by Dutch-speaking learners on the basis of Processability Theory (PT). It will be argued that case forms emerge corresponding to a development from lexical over phrasal to interphrasal morphemes. This development, however, is subject to a correction factor due to the principle of direct mapping. In addition, the unmarked alignment hypothesis allows for a differentiation between similar case contexts (e.g., preverbal and postverbal nominative or accusative arguments). A cross-sectional study was performed in order to examine whether the German case system is indeed acquired according to the hypotheses derived from PT. "Fill-in-the-blanks-exercises" were analyzed from 704 Flemish second-language learners of German. The results of the study do indeed suggest a development in line with PT.},
  author       = {Baten, Kristof},
  issn         = {0023-8333},
  journal      = {LANGUAGE LEARNING},
  keywords     = {LANGUAGE,ssability Theory,sequence of acquisition,German case system,acquisition of German case system,instructed second language acquisition,WORD-ORDER,LEARNERS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {455--505},
  title        = {Processability theory and German case acquisition},
  volume       = {61},
  year         = {2011},
}

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