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Developmental dynamics in acquiring existential there in L2 English

Mihaljević Djigunović, Jelena; Letica Krevelj, Stela
Developmental dynamics in acquiring existential there in L2 English // Studia Romanica et Anglica Zagrabiensia, 57 (2012), 107-122 (podatak o recenziji nije dostupan, članak, znanstveni)

Developmental dynamics in acquiring existential there in L2 English

Mihaljević Djigunović, Jelena ; Letica Krevelj, Stela

Studia Romanica et Anglica Zagrabiensia (0039-3339) 57 (2012); 107-122

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Radovi u časopisima, članak, znanstveni

Ključne riječi
Existential there; acquisition patterns; young learners of L2 English; longitudinal perspective

Prompted by the lack of research into acquisition of existential there by young learners of L2 English, in the study described below we looked into how Croatian learners acquire this grammatical construction, which is very relevant both from the theoretical perspective and for pragmatic reasons. We addressed the issue from a longitudinal perspective and took into consideration some individual and contextual factors that we found relevant for understanding acquisition of existential there. The study was carried out as part of the Croatian national research project entitled Acquisition of English as a foreign language from an early age: Analysis of learner language. Our findings suggest that there are patterns that young learners display during mastering this important construction. It seems that these acquisitional patterns may develop in dynamic ways and are influenced by a number of factors (such as L1, amount of exposure to English). We conclude that it is not only very important to expose learners as early as possible to the pragmatic use of there construction that does not involve only the immediate context, but also to the function of bringing existence of something to mind, as both pragmatic functions share the same conceptual representation. The insights we obtained can be useful to curriculum and material designers, as well as practicing teachers.

Izvorni jezik

Znanstvena područja


Projekt / tema
130-1301001-0988 - Usvajanje engleskoga jezika od rane dobi: analiza učenikova međujezika (Jelena Mihaljević-Djigunović, )

Filozofski fakultet, Zagreb

Uključenost u ostale bibliografske baze podataka:

  • Bibliographie Linguistique
  • LLBA: Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
  • MLA - Modern Language Abstracts