Arabic second language learning and effects of input, transfer, and typlogy / Mohammad T. Alhawary.

Alhawary, Mohammad T., author.
Other Title:
Arabic 2nd language learning
Washington, DC : Georgetown University Press, [2019]
xviii, 223 pages ; 23 cm
Arabic language -- Morphosyntax.
Second language acquisition.
In 2010, Alhawary published Arabic Second Language Acquisition of Morphosyntax, which provided empirical data on Arabic second language acquisition (SLA) strategies. This proposed book follows the volume, using data to delve into issues of input, transfer, and typology. Alhawary's book relies on Arabic as a second language (L2) data from speakers whose first languages (L1s) are Chinese and Russian and aims to answer the following questions: How do adult Arabic L2 learners come to know about the combinatorial properties of morphemes, words, phrases, and clauses? Do they develop L2 knowledge systematically or randomly? Can they acquire the same range of syntactic and morphological knowledge as native speakers and to what extent? What are the developmental stages or paths, if any, along which Arabic L2 learners progress? What is the role of the native language in learning Arabic a second language? To what extent can input exposure override or minimize the effect of the native language and at what proficiency level? What evidence do the present data provide on the role of a second language (on that of another) and posited claims about such a role? What are other factors that have a bearing on learning Arabic as a second language? Answers will help teachers of Arabic and linguists seeking to understand and develop better methods for teaching Arabic.
Description of the target structures
Gender agreement
Null subjects
Typological pairings : participants' l1s and l2s
Instructional input of the participants
The acquisition of nominal gender agreement
The acquisition of verbal gender agreement
The acqusition of tense/aspect
The acquisition of null subjects
Theoretical implications
L1 transfer and usage-based learning and typological effects
L1 transfer and ug access accounts
Null subjects: more on l1 transfer
L2 or l1 transfer?
L1 transfer and speech processing prerequisites
Summary and areas of future research
Pedagogical and applied implications
Acquisition tendencies of the target structures
Contributing acquisition factors
Subfields of Arabic applied linguistics informed by arabic sla
Summary and areas of future research.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other format:
Online version: Alhawary, Mohammad T. Arabic second language learning and effects of input, transfer, and typlogy.
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