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L2 Romanian Influence in the Acquisition of the English Passive by L1 Speakers of Hungarian
L2 Romanian Influence in the Acquisition of the English Passive by L1 Speakers of Hungarian

Author(s): Enikő Tankó
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Scientia
Keywords: passive; SLA; parameter resetting; L2/L3 influence

Summary/Abstract: The main question to be investigated is to what extent native speakers of Hungarian understand and acquire the English passive voice, as there is no generalized syntactic passive construction in Hungarian. As we will show, native speakers of Hungarian tend to use the predicative verbal adverbial construction when translating English passive sentences, as this construction is the closest syntactic equivalent of the English passive voice. Another question to be investigated is whether L2 Romanian works as a facilitating factor in the process of acquiring the L3 English passive voice. If all our subjects, Hungarian students living in Romania, were Hungarian-Romanian bilinguals, it would be obvious that knowledge of Romanian helps them in acquiring the English passive. However, as it will be shown, the bilingualism hypothesis is disconfirmed. Still, passive knowledge of Romanian influences to some extent the acquisition of the English passive voice.

  • Issue Year: 6/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 227-248
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: English