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1st Edition

English Transitivity Alternation in Second Language Acquisition: an Attentional Approach

ISBN 9780367522889
Published April 28, 2020 by Routledge
198 Pages 63 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The correct use of English verb argument structure is crucial for foreign learners of the English language. Based on an experimental study recruiting 162 Chinese English learners at different proficiency levels, this book suggests that the acquisition of English transitivity alternation follows as a consequence of the cognitive processing of language input, which is induced by the nature of task requirements in different learning conditions and influenced by individual differences in language learning aptitude and proficiency level. Readers of this book will have a deeper understanding of all these variables involved and will learn that pedagogical issues should be considered in a more thorough, comprehensive manner to explore better solutions for English learning and teaching.

Table of Contents

List of Figures.  List of Tables.  Acknowledgements.  List of Abbreviations.  Chapter 1 Introduction  Chapter 2 English Transitivity Alternation: Form and L2 Acquisition  Chapter 3 English Transitivity Alternation: Learning and Teaching  Chapter 4 Research Methodology  Chapter 5 Results  Chapter 6 Discussion  Chapter 7 Conclusions  ReferencesAppendicesIndex

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Yuxia Wang is an Assistant Professor with the School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Her research interests lie in second language acquisition, language pedagogy, psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics. Her most recent projects focus on the cognitive mechanisms in second language acquisition.