Crosslinguistic Influence and Distinctive Patterns of Language Learning Findings and Insights from a Learner Corpus Edited by: Anne Golden, Scott Jarvis, Kari Tenfjord

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22 Sep 2017
Second Language Acquisition
Multilingual Matters
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This book details patterns of language use that can be found in the writing of adult immigrant learners of Norwegian as a second language (L2). Each study draws its data from a single corpus of texts written for a proficiency test of L2 Norwegian by learners representing 10 different first language (L1) backgrounds. The participants of the study are immigrants to Norway and the book deals with the varying levels and types of language difficulties faced by such learners from differing backgrounds. The studies examine the learners’ use of Norwegian in relation to the morphological, syntactic, lexical, semantic and pragmatic patterns they produce in their essays. Nearly all the studies in the book rely on analytical methods specifically designed to isolate the effects of the learners’ L1s on their use of L2 Norwegian, and every chapter highlights patterns that distinguish different L1 groups from one another.


This edited volume brings together findings from the ‘ASKeladden – A corpus-based approach to L1 transfer in Norwegian learner language’ project. It will be of great value to researchers and practitioners interested in how learner corpus data can contribute to the theory and practice of second language acquisition. It is also unique in being grounded in Jarvis’s (2000) methodological framework for the study of transfer.

- Magali Paquot, FNRS - Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

This volume is essential reading for anyone interested in the complex problem of language transfer. Especially praiseworthy is the coverage of problems encountered by speakers of highly diverse languages such as Polish, Somali, and Vietnamese in their efforts to acquire Norwegian. The collection also seems exemplary in showing how methods in corpus linguistics can be used to study crosslinguistic influence.

- Terence Odlin, Ohio State University, USA

This excellent collection shows how crosslinguistic influence research can be theoretically interesting and methodologically challenging. The level of mastery is superb, and the result is a strong volume which contains a number of perceptive insights for the reader to reflect upon. A must-read for anyone interested in crosslinguistic influence research, Norwegian and quantitative research methods.

- Gessica De Angelis, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

A particular strong point of the volume is its involvement of a wide variety of L1s...and its richness in data and linguistic subsystems covered for L2 Norwegian, which leads to a fine-grained view of transfer for this target language. In addition, findings may eventually be used to inform the development of traching materials, especially for adult (immigrant) learners.

- International Journal of Learner Corpus Research Volume 6:1 (2020) - Valentin Werner, University of Bamberg, Germany

Author Biography:

Anne Golden is Professor of Norwegian as a Second Language at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her main research is on literacy in a second language, with a focus on vocabulary and in particular metaphors, studying learners’ comprehension, development and practice in and out of school.

Scott Jarvis is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Utah, USA. His areas of research include crosslinguistic influence and lexical diversity. He is the co-editor (with Scott Crossley) of Approaching Language Transfer through Text Classification (2012).

Kari Tenfjord is Professor of Norwegian as a second language at the University of Bergen, Norway. Her research focuses on the development and use of Norwegian as a second language with an emphasis on the acquisition of tense. 

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional

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