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Variation in self-perceived proficiency in two “local” and two foreign languages of Galician students

Dewaele, Jean-Marc (2012) Variation in self-perceived proficiency in two “local” and two foreign languages of Galician students. In: Cabrelli Amaro, J. and Flynn, S. and Rothman, J. (eds.) Third Language Acquisition in Adulthood. Studies in Bilingualism 46. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 223-253. ISBN 9789027241870.

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Abstract

This contribution investigates interindividual variation in self-perceived proficiency ratings for speaking, listening, reading and writing of 122 Galician students in Spanish, Galician, English and French. The independent variables include family and school language(s), the number of languages known, the knowledge of other Romance or Germanic languages, language attitudes and age of onset of acquisition. Independent variables for foreign languages also included visits to the target language countries and the frequency of watching foreign television channels. The effect of gender and age were considered as well. Statistical analyses revealed that with the exception of Spanish, self-perceived proficiency scores were linked to a wide range of independent variables and that the same independent variables did not necessarily have similar effects across languages. Book synopsis: In recent years, researchers have acknowledged that the study of third language acquisition cannot simply be viewed as an extension of the study of bilingualism, and the present volume’s authors agree that a point of departure that embraces the unique properties that differentiate L2 acquisition from L3/Ln acquisition is essential. From linguistic, sociological, psychological, educational and cognitive viewpoints, it has become increasingly apparent that the study of L3/Ln acquisition can provide new evidence to help resolve ongoing debates in these areas of study. This volume uniquely provides a wide-ranging overview of current trends in the study of adult additive multilingualism from formal, psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic perspectives, adding new insights into adult multilingual epistemology. This collection includes critical reviews of L3/Ln morphosyntax, phonology, and the lexicon, as well as individual studies with unique language pairings including Romance, Germanic, Slavic, and Asian languages.

Item Type: Book Section
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
Depositing User: Dr JM Dewaele
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2012 17:25
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5122

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