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    • Acquisition and opacity 

      Tihonova, Olga (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2009-05-14)
      This thesis focuses on the most recent OT-based theory of opacity called Optimality Theory with Candidate Chains (OT-CC, see McCarthy 2007). To date very little attention has been dedicated to the problem of acquisition of OT-CC grammars and to the treatment of spontaneous opacity effects in the light of OT-CC. In this thesis it is demonstrated that OT-CC grammars can be effectively learned by the ...
    • The acquisition of English as an L3 by Catalan/Spanish bilinguals. A study of crosslinguistic influence in third language acquisition 

      Gorgone, Maria Paula (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2018-05-16)
      The present study focuses on the acquisition of English as a third language by Catalan/Spanish bilinguals. The aim is to find evidence of crosslinguistic influence from Catalan and/or Spanish in their L3 English by testing the properties of the Definiteness Effect (DE), according to which the copula cannot be followed by a definite DP in existential constructions in English and Spanish; VOS word ...
    • Acquisition of English laryngeal feature distribution by Norwegian learners 

      Aslaksen, Ann Kristin (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2007-06-04)
      This thesis looks at how Norwegian learners of English acquire the English laryngeal feature distribution in two types of suffixes; s-endings and the past tense. The past tense forms are distributed almost identically in both Norwegian and English, only differing after sonorants. The s-endings in Norwegian are all voiceless, whereas in English these behave in a parallel way to the past tense. A ...
    • Acquisition of L2 English articles among L1 Dagbani speakers: L1 Transfer or Fluctuation? 

      Kwame, Abukari (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2018-05-11)
      This 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 ...
    • The Acquisition of Norwegian Object Shift by Ln learners 

      Didriksen, Jelena (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2016-05-18)
      This thesis investigates whether Ln learners of Norwegian at different stages in their acquisition are familiar with the phenomenon known as Object Shift (OS), which allows a pronominal object to move across negation in certain contexts. An object is only allowed to shift if it is an unstressed pronoun that refers back to a specific noun. Objects in the form of pronouns that refer back to a whole ...
    • Acquisition of subject-verb agreement and word order by Nepali learners of English: The Bottleneck Hypothesis in L2 acquisition 

      Basnet, Lila Dhoaj (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2017-05-15)
      Abstract The thesis investigates Nepali L1 speakers’ knowledge of syntax and morphology in L2 English to test whether functional morphology is more difficult than syntax. Accordingly, the study mainly included two constructions: subject-verb agreement and word order. Subject-verb agreement was used to test knowledge of functional morphology while word order was used to test the knowledge about ...
    • The acquisition of time reference by Norwegian school learners of English 

      Tingstad, Kjersti Røttereng (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 1999-03-31)
    • The acquisition of word order in yes/no and wh-questions - A case study of an unbalanced bilingual. 

      Brattsti, Fredrick (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2019-05-14)
      This thesis aims to explore the variation with which one bilingual child produces word order in English questions, and ask whether the child’s dominant language, Norwegian, affects this production. Using new data from a corpus where data collection is still ongoing, we present evidence that the child transfers the word order for questions in both standard Norwegian and the Tromsø dialect into her ...
    • Acusativo y dativo con los verbos psicológicos y de influencia. Un estudio de corpus con aplicaciones didácticas 

      Gaare, Gisle (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2017-05-06)
      Denne oppgavens tema er å vise både lærere og lærende i spansk hvordan noen spanske verb skiller seg sterkt fra de tilsvarende norske oversettelsene i bruk av både direkte og indirekte objekt og plassering av subjekt, samt hvordan og hvorfor disse verbene kan oppleves vanskelige å bruke som spanskstuderende.
    • Address forms in Persian based on Iranian movies 

      Derakhshan Rokni, Tina (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2012-11-15)
      The present thesis: “Address forms in Persian language based on Iranian movies”, investigates address forms as socio-linguistic forms which are directly related to social factors such as age, gender and social class. In the Persian language there is a strong tradition of addressing each other in various ways, changing from one context to another. Addressing is a universal phenomenon, but the rules ...
    • Animatumkategorien i russisk : en empirisk undersøkelse av ord for sjødyr og mikroorganismer 

      Røkenes, Erle Hansine (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2010-05-15)
      Denne oppgaven handler om animatumkategorien i russisk og tar utgangspunkt i regelen om at ord som betegner levende vesener, får genitivlik akkusativ. Jeg ser nærmere på to områder, hvor det er kjent at det er usikkerhet i bruken av genitivlik akkusativ, nemlig små sjødyr og mikroorganismer. Jeg har undersøkt hvordan disse ordene bøyes, både ved hjelp av en informantundersøkelse og en korpusundersøkelse. ...
    • Aspectos de sociolingüística del español de Cádiz: formas de tratamiento y actitudes lingüísticas 

      Jobsen, Lone (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2013-11-01)
      The aim of this thesis is to provide a study of sociolinguistic aspects of the Spanish variety spoken in Cádiz, city in the province with the same name, located in Andalucía. The focus will be on the following subjects: the linguistic attitudes of the community in Cádiz towards their own speech and the use of the address forms in the same city, concentrating on the young generation. Here, the main ...
    • Åarjelsaemien ovagkusatijvh jïh kausatijve molsedimmie 

      Jonasson, Nils Jonas David (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2011-05)
      I den här uppsatsen undersöks den icke-ackusativa gruppen av sydsamiska verb, där verb som tsoepkenidh ’gå av’, gaahpanidh ’gå upp/öppnas’ och bæjjanidh ’höjas’ återfinns. Den icke-ackusativa gruppen är en undergrupp till de intransitiva verben, och kännetecknas av en oförmåga att uttrycka den semantiska rollen Agens. I många språk är den kausativa alternationen använd som en ...
    • The battle of hearts and minds : an analysis of the Iraq War discourse in politics and newspapers 

      Høyer, Andreas Beddari (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2008-11-15)
      The most controversial and divisive political issue in Britain in the last decade was the decision to go to war in Iraq. The legitimisation and justification for making this decision was argued through a carefully considered discourse constructed by Prime Minister Tony Blair and his associates. A key role in mediating and manifesting the discourse of Blair was played out by the media. If Blair was ...
    • The Bottleneck Hypothesis in L2 acquisition: Norwegian L1 speakers’ knowledge of syntax and morphology in English L2 

      Jensen, Isabel Nadine (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2016-05-14)
      In this master’s thesis, we test the Bottleneck Hypothesis (Slabakova 2006; 2008; 2013) in L2 acquisition of English by Norwegian speakers. According to this hypothesis, functional morphology is the bottleneck of L2 acquisition, i.e. the most challenging part for L2 learners to acquire. We test two constructions that do not match in English and Norwegian: subject-verb agreement and verb movement. ...
    • Bowing out in style. A critical discourse analysis of Margaret Thatcher's and Tony Blair's farewell addresses 

      Andreassen, Vegar (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2007-06-13)
      This thesis is an analysis of Margaret Thatcher's and Tony Blair's last addresses as British Prime Ministers as well as the reception these farewell speeches got in a selection of five British national newspaper editorials. My hypothesis is that Thatcher and Blair try to cement their legacies through the language they use and the power of definition – and that the two speeches mirror each other given ...
    • Bruken av lokativ 2 ved hankjønnsord i russisk 

      Melsbøe, Anita (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2010-03-22)
      I denne oppgaven har jeg sett på bruken av lokativ 2 ved hankjønnsord i russisk. Jeg har tatt utgangspunkt i 151 ord som faglitteraturen hevder får lokativ 2 og søkt på dem i Det russiske nasjonalkorpus for å finne ut hvilke som har obligatorisk, og hvilke som har fakultativ lokativ 2. På denne måten ønsket jeg også å finne ut om faktisk språkbruk stemmer overens med det som står i grammatikkene og ...
    • Code mixing in early bilingual acquisition: dominance, language modes, and discourse strategies. A case study of bilingual acquisition of Norwegian and English 

      Walla, Dianna (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2017-05-15)
      One of the main questions that arises in cases where children code switch or code mix often in their early production is whether mixing can be considered a sign of confusion, of competency, or of neither. Earlier research on language mixing in bilingual first language acquisition often pointed to the idea of a “unitary language system,” with code mixing being considered a sign of confusion. More ...
    • Cognitive metaphor in the West and the East : A comparison of metaphors in the speeches of Barack Obama and Wen Jiabao 

      Wong, Wai Yee Christine (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2012-11-15)
      The thesis discusses the metaphors used in the speeches of US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. The framework is Cognitive Metaphor Theory, which introduces the idea that cognitive metaphors are conceptualizations or patterns of thought, not lingusitic phenomena, although these metaphors give rise to linguistic metaphors. The metaphorical mapping, the relations between conceptual ...
    • Collocations in Farsi L2 Learners of English. The role of proficiency and L1 language transfer 

      Hatami, Sara (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2015-11-15)
      The goal of learning collocations is to be able to put a word to actual and appropriate use. To use a word appropriately, it is not enough to know just the meaning of a word; we need to pay attention to the immediate context that it is used in. Both lexical and grammatical patterns are important to ensure that this happens. Collocations enable EFL learners to know more about language chunks used ...