Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1366728910000283
Title: Morphophonemic transfer in English second language learners
Authors: Ping, S.W. 
Rickard Liow, S.J. 
Keywords: affixation
bilingualism
cross-linguistic
morphology
phonology
Issue Date: Jul-2011
Source: Ping, S.W., Rickard Liow, S.J. (2011-07). Morphophonemic transfer in English second language learners. Bilingualism 14 (3) : 423-432. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1366728910000283
Abstract: Malay (Rumi) is alphabetic and has a transparent, agglutinative system of affixation. We manipulated language-specific junctural phonetics in Malay and English to investigate whether morphophonemic L1-knowledge influences L2-processing. A morpheme decision task, "Does this <nonword> sound like a mono- or bi-morphemic English word?", was developed by crossing English Transitional Probability (high vs. low) with Malay Transitional Possibility (possible vs. impossible). The data for Malay-L1/English-L2 adults (N = 21) provide clear and reliable empirical evidence of L1-to-L2 morphophonemic transfer: Participants were more accurate at identifying transitional boundaries in English when they are also possible in Malay. Pedagogical implications are discussed. © Copyright Cambridge University Press 2010.
Source Title: Bilingualism
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/49910
ISSN: 13667289
DOI: 10.1017/S1366728910000283
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