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Title: VARIATION IN THE USE OF L2 ENGLISH ARTICLES BY L1 SINHALA SPEAKERS
Authors: HASINI DAMSARA MAKAWITA
ORCID iD:   orcid.org/0000-0001-8162-1631
Keywords: Sociolinguistics, Language Variation, Language Contact, Sri Lankan English, Asian Englishes, L2 English
Issue Date: 14-Apr-2022
Citation: HASINI DAMSARA MAKAWITA (2022-04-14). VARIATION IN THE USE OF L2 ENGLISH ARTICLES BY L1 SINHALA SPEAKERS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Previous studies have investigated the use of English articles by L2 English learners through the lens of second language acquisition. Through a sociolinguistic survey, this thesis presents a variationist study of L2 English article usage by investigating social factors influencing between-speaker variation in the use of English articles by adult L1 Sinhala/L2 English speakers in Sri Lanka. Standard patterns of article use observed to be more frequent among (1) older participants, (2) male participants, and (3) participants residing in the urban Colombo district than those residing in rural districts, among other groups. The effects of L1 influence and hypercorrection were also observed. The possible reasons for the differing patterns of use observed are then discussed, based on prior literature on both L2 English article use and variation studies. Possible reasons stemming from the unique language situation in Sri Lanka are also suggested.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/231425
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