Chapter published in:Word Order Change in Acquisition and Language Contact: Essays in honour of Ans van Kemenade
Edited by Bettelou Los and Pieter de Haan
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 243] 2017
► pp. 353–370
Common framework, local context, local anchors
How information-structural transfer can help to distinguish within CEFR C2
The differentiation between and within CEFR C1 and C2 is commonly determined by learnersâ€™ educational and cognitive development. Linguistic development may, however, also continue to play a subtle role in the shape of L1 information-structural transfer. Our Dutch EFL learner corpus was expected to reveal traces of V2 to SVO information-structural transfer through a higher frequency of pre-subject adverbials functioning as â€œlocal anchorsâ€, in comparison with a native-speaker reference corpus. This is confirmed by our statistical analysis. After aligning our data with the CEFR through an Oxford Online Placement Test, we found studentsâ€™ OOPT scores to be inversely correlated with their use of local anchors. Information-structural transfer is therefore a possible indicator of language development at higher levels of L2 acquisition.
Published online: 14 December 2017
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