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Acquiring Persian Object Marking: Balochi learners of L2 Persian
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.
Azad University of Bam.
2013 (English)In: Orientalia Suecana, ISSN 0078-6578, Vol. 61, 59-89 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates the second language acquisition of Persian object marking by 237 nativeBalochi-speaking children from age eight to eleven. The combination of Balochi and Persian has not beenstudied from an acquisitional perspective, although it widely occurs in southeastern Iran. This paperstudies the second language (L2) development of direct and indirect object marking after two and threeyears of exposure to Persian at school, vs. a control group of 133 monolingual native Persian children ofsimilar age and socio-economic background. Beginning learners predominantly use non-targetlike objectmarking constructions reminiscent of Balochi, whilst there is a clear trend towards Persian-style objectmarking in the more advanced learners. These findings suggest that L2 learners initially transfer core aspectsof their native grammar to their interlanguage Persian. The picture is complicated by the existenceof differential object marking in Balochi and Persian and the somewhat different writing patterns of nativeand non-native learners.

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Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2013. Vol. 61, 59-89 p.
Keyword [en]
Balochi, Persian, children, L2 acquisition, object marking, rā, differential object marking (DOM), specificity, written composition, L1 transfer, preposition, indirect object, direct object, discourse pragmatics
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Linguistics; Iranian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-203435OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-203435DiVA: diva2:657336
Available from: 2013-10-18 Created: 2013-07-10 Last updated: 2013-10-18Bibliographically approved

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