Register knowledge in learners of German as a Foreign Language

Prof. Anke Luedeling, Humboldt University, Berlin

Wed, November 14, 2018 | BUR 337

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

It has often been noted that learners of a foreign language do not distinguish between registers in the same way that native speakers do. Roughly, learners often seem too ormal in informal situations and too informal in formal situations. This is taken to be due to the fact that register knowledge has to be implicitly learned from experience and learners necessarily have less linguistic experience than native speakers. Most studies focus on lexical differences; grammatical and text-structural phenomena are rarely studied. 

In her talk, Prof. Luedeling will take a closer look at register differences between advanced learners of German as a Foreign Language and native German speakers, focusing on (i) morphological productivity and (ii) text structure. 

Both phenomena are register-sensitive and acquired through linguistic experience. Both phenomena are investigated using Falko essay corpus.

Sponsored by: Linguistics Research Center, Germanic Studies, and the Texas Language Center

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