Word-formation preferences of non-natives

Bidragets oversatte titel: Ikke-indfødtes præferencer vedr. orddannelse

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This paper presents the preliminary results of a study of the word-formation
preferences in their second/foreign languages of non-native speakers. The study
attempts to bring together linguistic typology and second language acquisition.
Several pairs of native – non-native languages, for example Danish (NL) – German
(NNL), Slovene (NL) – English (NNL), were tested. The informants are university
students of the respective foreign languages. It was investigated which
word-formation processes (premodification, postmodification, or combinations
hereof) are preferred by the informants by measuring which word-formation
processes come to the informants’ minds first when asked to produce new words from certain keywords. The preferences of word-formation processes were correlated both with the informants’ native languages and the target language. The purpose of the correlation was to examine whether the word-formation choices of the informants are influenced more by the typological nature of their mother tongues or by the typological nature of the target languages. The differences between the informant groups could not be attributed to their mother tongues unequivocally. Instead, general intergroup tendencies were found with respect to preferences in word formation.
Bidragets oversatte titelIkke-indfødtes præferencer vedr. orddannelse
TidsskriftSKASE. Journal of Theoretical Linguistics
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)162-176
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2019
BegivenhedWord-Formation Theories III - Typology and Universals in Word-Formation IV - Pavol Safarik University, Kosice, Slovakiet
Varighed: 27 jun. 201830 jun. 2018
Konferencens nummer: 3, 4


KonferenceWord-Formation Theories III - Typology and Universals in Word-Formation IV
Nummer3, 4
LokationPavol Safarik University

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