LSLA 02: Grammatical Markedness and Information Processing in the Acquisition of Arabic as ...

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Grammatical Markedness and Information Processing  in the Acquisition of Arabic as a Second Language
Fethi Mansouri
Deakin University

This book presents a comprehensive investigation into the acquisition of Arabic as a second language. It has two primary objectives: first to establish the developmental sequence for the acquisition of Arabic interlanguage morphology and syntax; second to investigate cross-linguistically certain claims and principles proposed in Pienemann's (1998) Processability theory. This second objective is particularly important as it explores issues of language processing and language development (Clahsen 1984; Pienemann 1998) in a second language acquisition (SLA) context where the target language (Arabic) is typologically different to those languages previously investigated, in particular, English, German and Spanish. The main research questions stem from: Processability-related SLA research (Pienemann 1994, 1998; Johnston 1995; Andersen 1991); Arabic L1 research (Omar 1973); and Arabic SLA research (Al-Buanain 1987; Mansouri 1995, 1997). With regard to the morpho-syntactic predictions generated through Processability-related research, the findings of this study are consistent with those reported by Pienemann (1994) and Johnston (1995) on the acquisition of German and Spanish respectively. However, the findings that relate to interlanguage morphology are less consistent with the Processability-generated predictions.

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Description of the Arabic language
Diglossia in Arabic
Linguistic description
Verbal morphology
Phrasal agreement
Inter-phrasal agreement
Linguistic theory adopted in this study
Lexical Functional Grammar
Chapter 2: Review of the relevant literature
Arabic L1 studies
Arabic L2 studies
Cross-linguistic studies on the acquisition of morpho-syntax
Chapter 3: Theoretical framework
Historical perspective on SLA theories
Theoretical considerations
A Processability approach
Lexical Functional Grammar revisited
Research questions and hypotheses
Chapter 4: Data-generated acquisition stages
Acquisition stages for interlanguage syntax
Acquisition stages for interlanguage morphology
Research questions in light of the overall findings
Chapter 5: Theoretical discussion
The Processability approach in light of the findings of this study
Teachability issues
Chapter 6: Conclusion
Theoretical implications of the studys findings
References, Appendices.

ISBN 9783895869525. LINCOM Studies in Language Acquisition 02. 260pp. 2000.
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