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dc.contributor.advisorWestergaard, Marit
dc.contributor.authorKwame, Abukari
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-05T14:38:47Z
dc.date.available2018-09-05T14:38:47Z
dc.date.issued2018-05-11
dc.description.abstractThis study investigates the acquisition of L2 English articles among L1 Dagbani speakers. Both Dagbani and English are article languages. However, Dagbani lacks a morphological marker for indefiniteness, hence, indefiniteness and genericity are expressed in the language by bare nouns. L2 acquisition research shows that adult L2 learners both from article and article-less languages have much difficulties mastering accurate use of articles in English. It is assumed that L2ers from article languages transfer the article semantic of their L1s while those from article-less languages fluctuate between definiteness and specificity. Eight native English speakers and 45 L1 Dagbani speakers took part in this study. All participants took three tests: a written forced-choice elicitation test, an acceptability judgement test and English proficiency test. Data was analysed using R. The results showed that English article acquisition among L1 Dagbani speakers was influenced by their L1, L2 input cues and access to UG features. The featural composition of Dagbani articles based on expressions of definiteness and genericity were found to be the relevant factors in the L2ers article choice in English. These findings are consistent with the feature reassembly and the full transfer full access hypotheses. Finally, the study also found that Dagbani L2 English learners rely on explicit learning strategies in the acquisition of English articles.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10037/13674
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherUiT Norges arktiske universiteten_US
dc.publisherUiT The Arctic University of Norwayen_US
dc.rights.accessRightsopenAccessen_US
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2018 The Author(s)
dc.subject.courseIDENG-3991
dc.subjectVDP::Humanities: 000::Linguistics: 010en_US
dc.subjectEnglish articlesen_US
dc.subjectfluctuation hypothesisen_US
dc.subjectsecond language acquisitionen_US
dc.subjectfeature reassembly hypothesisen_US
dc.subjectL1 Dagbanien_US
dc.subjectVDP::Humaniora: 000::Språkvitenskapelige fag: 010en_US
dc.subjectVDP::Humanities: 000::Linguistics: 010::English language: 020en_US
dc.subjectVDP::Humaniora: 000::Språkvitenskapelige fag: 010::Engelsk språk: 020en_US
dc.titleAcquisition of L2 English articles among L1 Dagbani speakers: L1 Transfer or Fluctuation?en_US
dc.typeMaster thesisen_US
dc.typeMastergradsoppgaveen_US


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