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Form-meaning connections in the acquisition of English articles

Trenkic, D. (2002) Form-meaning connections in the acquisition of English articles. EUROSLA Yearbook, 2 (1). pp. 115-133. ISSN 1568-1491

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Abstract

This paper examines the acquisition of English articles by native speakers of Serbian, a language which has no article system. Data from a translation task, performed by four proficiency groups are presented to demonstrate that, contrary to previous research, learners do not associate articles with either ‘hearer knowledge’ or ‘specificity of referent’ (Huebner 1983, Master 1990, Tarone and Parish 1989, Thomas 1989). Rather, they establish non-target form–meaning connections, where ‘the’ is associated with a discrete referent, and ‘a(n)’ with the individuation of non-discrete referents.

Item Type: Article
Academic Units: The University of York > Education (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2009 15:38
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2009 15:38
Published Version: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/jbp/eusy/200...
Status: Published
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Identification Number: 10.1075/eurosla.2.09tre
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6180

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