Title

The acquisition of case marking by L1 Chabacano and L1 Cebuano learners of L2 Filipino: Influence of actancy structure on transfer

College

Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education

Department/Unit

Dept of English and Applied Linguistics

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Source Title

Language and Linguistics

Volume

13

Issue

3

First Page

499

Last Page

521

Publication Date

8-27-2012

Abstract

Recent development in Philippine linguistics distinguishes Chabacano as having the accusative actancy structure different from most ergative Philippine languages, such as Filipino. The implications from this difference directly concern the acquisition of case marking in Filipino by L1 Chabacano learners, particularly on the subject and object arguments in intransitive and transitive sentences. Fifty Chabacano and fifty Cebuano children (7 to 8 years old) were asked to describe transitive and intransitive actions in Filipino, and to judge the grammaticality of sentences with either correct or incorrect case markings of transitive and intransitive forms. The results showed positive transfer for the intransitive subject in both groups, and negative transfer for the transitive subject and transitive object among the Chabacano children who tended to overgeneralize case marking patterns in Chabacano when speaking in Filipino. Implications for Filipino L2 instruction for different L1 speakers in the Philippines are discussed.

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Disciplines

Language and Literacy Education

Keywords

Chabacano language—Transitivity; Filipino language--Acquisition; Language acquisition

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