publication . Article . 2016

The Acquisition of English Restrictive Relative Clauses by Arab Adult EFL Learners

Hayat Eid Alroudhan;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Feb 2016 Journal: Advances in Language and Literary Studies, volume 7, issue 1, pages 33-53 (issn: 2203-4714, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Australian International Academic Centre PTY. LTD.
Abstract
This study investigates the challenges faced by Arab adult learners of English as a foreign language (EFL) in acquiring English restrictive relative clauses (RRCs), as well as the factors that affect the process of acquisition. This issue has received considerable attention in second language (L2) research. The present study discusses the syntactic structure of RRCs in English and Arabic with regard to the use of resumptive pronouns and the use of overt versus covert relative markers as related to the definiteness of the head noun. This study is carried out using an acceptability judgment test as the tool for data collection. A sample of 100 male and female adul...
Subjects
free text keywords: lcsh:Language and Literature, lcsh:P, lcsh:Language. Linguistic theory. Comparative grammar, lcsh:P101-410
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