The relationship between the group and the individual and the acquisition of native speaker variation patterns: a preliminary study

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dc.contributor.author Regan, Vera
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-29T15:01:41Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-29T15:01:41Z
dc.date.copyright 2007 Walter de Gruyter en
dc.date.issued 2007-07
dc.identifier.citation International Review of Applied Linguistics en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3938
dc.description.abstract The relationship between group and individual has been explored within the variationist paradigm. In L1, group patterns of variation are replicated by the individual. Second language acquisition research is concerned with the individual learner, but second language acquisition variationist researchers tend to group learners. Little empirical evidence exists that such grouping is valid, given the importance of individual variation. This article investigates whether it is meaningful to group learners. This is a longitudinal, quantitative study of the acquisition of variation by Irish speakers of French L2 over three years, of which one is a year abroad experience. Participants are five advanced learners, twenty years old, with five years of French classes at secondary school and two at university. A computer (Varbrul) analysis shows similar patterns in group and individual, in the deletion of ne. Theoretical implications are that it is legitimate to apply group standards to individual speakers and that native speaker variation acquisition is linked to a prolonged stay in the native speaker community. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher De Gruyter en
dc.relation.requires Humanities Institute of Ireland Research Collection en
dc.relation.requires Languages & Literatures Research Collection en
dc.rights The final publication is available at www.degruyter.com. DOI>10.1515/iral.2004.42.4.335 en
dc.subject.lcsh Language and languages—Variation en
dc.subject.lcsh Second language acquisition--Longitudinal studies en
dc.title The relationship between the group and the individual and the acquisition of native speaker variation patterns: a preliminary study en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.authorcontactother vera.regan@ucd.ie
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 42 en
dc.identifier.issue 4 en
dc.identifier.startpage 335 en
dc.identifier.endpage 348 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1515/iral.2004.42.4.335
dc.neeo.contributor Regan|Vera|aut|
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dc.description.admin link to following text should be added: The final publication is available at www.degruyter.com. DOI>10.1515/iral.2004.42.4.335 en
dc.description.admin DG 18/10/2012 en
dc.description.admin Names JG 2012-11-23 en
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dc.date.updated 2012-10-17T15:03:23Z


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