Language Transfer: Cross-Linguistic Influence in Language Learning by Terence OdlinLanguage Transfer: Cross-Linguistic Influence in Language Learning by Terence Odlin

Language Transfer: Cross-Linguistic Influence in Language Learning

byTerence OdlinEditorMichael H. Long

Paperback | June 30, 1989

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The author shows how similarities and differences between languages can influence grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation acquisition. Terence Odlin reconsiders a question that many language teachers and educational researchers have addressed: How much influence can a learner's native language have in making the acquisition of a new language easy or difficult? Odlin analyzes and interprets research showing many ways in which similarities and differences between languages can influence the acquisition of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. In addition, he provides a detailed look at work on other areas important for the study of transfer, including discourse, individual variation, and sociolinguistic factors. Language teachers, applied linguists, and educational researchers will find this volume extremely valuable to their work.
Title:Language Transfer: Cross-Linguistic Influence in Language LearningFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:224 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.51 inShipping dimensions:9.02 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:June 30, 1989Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521378095

ISBN - 13:9780521378093

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Table of Contents

Series editors' preface; Preface; Introduction; 2. Earlier thinking on transfer; 3. Some fundamental problems in the study of transfer; 4. Discourse; 5. Semantics; 6. Syntax; 7. Phonetics, phonology, and writing systems; 8. Nonstructural factors in transfer; 9. Looking back and looking ahead; 10. Implications for teaching; Glossary; References; Language index; Author index; Subject index.

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"This book is packed with information gleaned from the author's comprehensive review of the literature on the long-controversial topic of language transfer....One need not be a linguist or psychologist to profit from reading the work, as it is written in a very readable, non-technical style, and a glossary is provided for the limited number of technical terms the author does use." Gordon L. Jackson, Polylingua