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The effect of age of acquisition on self-perceived proficiency and language choice among adult multilinguals

Dewaele, Jean-Marc (2009) The effect of age of acquisition on self-perceived proficiency and language choice among adult multilinguals. EUROSLAW Yearbook 9 (1), pp. 245-268. ISSN 1568-1491.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1075/eurosla.9.12dew

Abstract

The present study focuses on the effects of age of acquisition (AoA) on dependent variables that have been traditionally overlooked in research on age effects: (1) self-perceived communicative competence in speaking, comprehending, reading and writing; (2) language choice for emotional speech in different situations; and (3) language choice for mental calculation and inner speech. We consider the effect of AoA on a large variety of L2s, L3s and L4s of 1,579 adult bi- and multilinguals. Data were collected through an on-line questionnaire (Dewaele and Pavlenko 2001-2003). Statistical analyses revealed very strong AoA effects on most of the dependent variables in the L2 and L3 of participants. However, these AoA effects were generally non-significant in their L4. The findings are discussed in relation to the current understanding of the research on age effects in Second Language Acquisition.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
Depositing User: Sarah Hall
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2012 10:46
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:25
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5233

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