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"My friend is funny": Baltic young learners' use of adjectives in written production of English
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Vocabulary is central in the first steps in foreign language learning for young language learners. Words are the segments that build up their gradual development to be proficient in a foreign language. The acquisition of these words may be carefully planned at school or occurs outside school and in their free-time. Extra-linguistic variables such as the learners' first language or the societal, educational and cultural contexts have roles to play in which words are actually learnt. It is therefore relevant to investigate the vocabulary produced by young learners from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds in written English as a foreign language. Analyses on vocabulary were carried out on 405 texts written by 12-year-olds in EStonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Sweden. The texts are on the same topic and written at the same time in a research project in the Baltic Region. The present investigation is on the types and tokens of adjectives used in the context of describing the characteristics of a best friend. The results indicate that there is a preference for the adjective funny in the descriptions of a best friend. In addition, the results showthat there is some variation in the semantic fields of the adjectives used across the five countries. Furthermore, the frequent adjective funny was mostly found in the predicative function and it was rarely pre-modified. 12-year-olds in five different countries in the Baltic Region thus have the same preferences for a type of adjective as a lexical teddy-bear and non-native collocation together with friend.

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2017.
Keywords [en]
young learners, written production, English as a foreign language
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Humanities and the Arts
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English
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-345968ISBN: 978-9949-586-36-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-345968DiVA, id: diva2:1190044
Conference
Across Borders VII: Cultures in Dialogue, 7th International Conference, 27-29 April, 2017, Tartu, Estonia.
Available from: 2018-03-13 Created: 2018-03-13 Last updated: 2018-04-16Bibliographically approved

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