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The factor ‘perceived crosslinguistic similarity’ in third language production: How does it work?

Björn Hammarberg

in Processes in Third Language Acquisition

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780748635115
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651504 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635115.003.0007
The factor ‘perceived crosslinguistic similarity’ in third language production: How does it work?

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This chapter explores the function of the similarity factor in the L3 speaking process, drawing examples from the corpus of Swedish conversations between Sarah Williams and Björn Hammarberg. The main focus is on the learner WIlliams's lexical inventions, that is her attempts to construct hypothetical Swedish words to express what she is trying to communicate, and the role of crosslinguistic similarity for the activation of background languages in this process.

Keywords: third language; language acquisition; Swedish; language learner; lexical inventions; background languages; crosslinguistic similarity

Chapter.  8580 words. 

Subjects: Language Teaching and Learning

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