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Sometimes they use it, sometimes they don’t: an epistemological discussion of L2 morphological production and its use as a competence measurement

Rothman, J. (2007) Sometimes they use it, sometimes they don’t: an epistemological discussion of L2 morphological production and its use as a competence measurement. Applied Linguistics, 28 (4). pp. 609-614. ISSN 1477-450X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1093/applin/amm035

Abstract/Summary

The main goal of all approaches to adult second language acquisition (SLA) is to accurately describe and explain the overall acquisition process. To accomplish this, SLA researchers must come to agree on some key issues. In this commentary, I defend the necessity of the competence/performance distinction and how this relates to why an examination of morphological production presents challenges for SLA research. I suggest that such a methodology is meaningful only when it is dovetailed with procedures that test for related syntactic/semantic knowledge.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
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Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Clinical Language Sciences
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Language and Cognition
ID Code:33090
Publisher:Oxford Journals

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