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Making sense of Japanese locative particles : the acquisition of 'ni', 'de' and 'e' by French- and English-speaking learners

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Making sense of Japanese locative particles : the acquisition of 'ni', 'de' and 'e' by French- and English-speaking learners

Durand, Catherine (2006) Making sense of Japanese locative particles : the acquisition of 'ni', 'de' and 'e' by French- and English-speaking learners. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis reports findings from a cross-sectional study of the second language (L2) acquisition of the Japanese locative particles 'ni', 'de', and 'e', features that are polysemous, not salient, and can be omitted in informal speech (Aida, 1993). Although each particle is associated with separate spatial relationships---'ni'/existence, 'de'/location of action and 'e'/direction---there is semantic overlap: 'ni' also indicates direction, and is required to link actions with directions, or if 'actions' are state-like (habitual). Its 'existence' function does not however extend to special events, which are marked by 'de'. The polysemous nature of Japanese particles allows for the investigation of two factors thought to play roles in L2 acquisition. One is the use of prototypes to establish core meanings (Taylor, 2003). Also, because spatial relationships are expressed differently across languages, first language (L1) influence (Inagaki, 2002) may be an important factor

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Durand, Catherine
Pagination:x, 148 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Education
Date:2006
Thesis Supervisor(s):Collins, Laura
ID Code:8926
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:39
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 14:39
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