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By Thorsten Piske, Martha Young-Scholten

ISBN-10: 1847691099

ISBN-13: 9781847691095

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ISBN-13: 9781847691101

ISBN-10: 1847691110

ISBN-13: 9781847691118

This quantity bridges the space among idea and perform by means of bringing jointly recognized and new authors to debate an issue of mutual curiosity to moment language researchers and academics alike: enter. Reader-friendly chapters provide a number current and new views on enter in morphology, syntax, phonetics and phonology.

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The few -ing inflected states which are recorded for Heiko are interesting (for a discussion of these see Housen, 2002: 172) but due to the low number of occurrences, they can be ignored. 6 present an overview of the development of the progressive form for the two functions of grammatical aspect and future tense, the former being further divided into present and past reference. The data reveals that the distribution of the functions expressed by the progressive is only similar to the input distribution at times.

The chapters in Part 2 Alene Moyer (Chapter 8) addresses one of the questions posed earlier: how much input is needed? She looks at second language learners of German to explore new understandings of the significance of input for long-term attainment. Taking a closer look at adults in a target-language immersion setting, she discusses her study of learners from various first language backgrounds to investigate in detail how they go about obtaining input. She describes how use of complex statistical instrumentation contributes to a complete picture of the role of the individual in obtaining input and she emphasises why input matters as much as age in the long run in terms of phonological attainment.

The input data discussed in this chapter are taken from seven selected tape recordings that have been exhaustively transcribed to include interlocutors. The data comprise spontaneous speech from nine American children aged six to nine. Two developmental sequences will be shown for the German children’s L2 acquisition of the progressive form with respect to its function. In the first part of the study, the development of the progressive form with its functions as both a grammatical aspectual category and as a means of marking future tense is presented.

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