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SoConDi: Tridha Chatterjee on English acquisition by English-Bengali speakers

Friday, November 14, 2014
12:00 AM
473 Lorch Hall

Acquisition of English by bilingual English-Bengali speakers: The case of determiners

Acquisition of English by bilingual English-Bengali speakers: The case of determiners

We examine the use of definite and indefinite English articles by bilingual English-Bengali speakers to determine either the occurrence of L1 Bengali interference on L2 English or other second language effects. Our analysis shows the overall rate of divergence in article use to be quite low across 'high' and 'low' proficiency groups and indicates that their article use is mostly consistent with the rules of standard varieties of English, as opposed to arguments about the possible emergence of a new article system in Indian English.

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