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"My friend is funny" - Baltic young learners' use of a number of adjectives in written production of English
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
2017 (English)In: The New English Teacher, ISSN 1905-7725, Vol. 11, no 2, 77-97 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Vocabulary is central in foreign language learning for young learners. It is therefore relevant to investigate the vocabulary produced in English by young learners from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. The present study investigates adjectives in a specific context in texts written by 12-year-olds in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Sweden. The results indicate that there is a preference for the adjective funny in the descriptions of a best friend so that 12-year-olds in five different countries in the Baltic Region have the same favourite of type of adjective as a lexical teddy-bear and non-native collocation together with friend.

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2017. Vol. 11, no 2, 77-97 p.
Keyword [en]
written production, young learners, Baltic Region, English as a foreign language, adjectives
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Humanities and the Arts
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English
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-329410OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-329410DiVA: diva2:1141419
Available from: 2017-09-14 Created: 2017-09-14 Last updated: 2017-09-14

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