Departmental Bulletin Paper The Role of Age in L2 Acquisition

山下, 広司  ,  山下, 広司  ,  YAMASHITA, Hiroshi  ,  ヤマシタ, ヒロシ  ,  Yamashita, Hiroshi

11pp.120 - 127 , 2016-03-05 , 山梨県立大学
Notice : This paper is based on the results of a survey included in Inaba(2016). Kento Inaba is my seminar student who has been working under my supervision for the past two years to complete his BA thesis. In that sense,he should be my coauthor here and I still believe he deserves it. But unfortunately, it is the university policy not to include any students in its working papers. I would here like to thank him for his great efforts and hope for his success in the future. Thank you and best wishes to you, Kento. Abstract : The aim of this article is to conduct another experiment to see whether the critical period hypothesis is on the right track, using negative questions in English and Japanese. As has often been pointed out, the way we answer these questions differs between English and Japanese, so we believe they serves as appropriate items to be tested. We will conclude here that adult language learners cannot learn novel items in their new language so easily, thus supporting the hypothesis.

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