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Language and its Effects

Proceedings from the 31st International Conference of the Croatian Applied Linguistics Society

Edited By Marija Brala Vukanović and Anita Memišević

The effects of language are numerous. Some are known and have been described, other effects are intuitive and are still waiting to be understood, explained and predicted, while – possibly – there might be more effects that we are still unaware of. The book brings together 16 contributions organized into two main sections: The first one relates to the issue of the effects of language in the FL classroom. The second one can, broadly speaking, be subsumed under the heading of sociolinguistics, given that it brings together a number of papers exploring the effects of language on society and/or on the individual. The answers to the questions have been provided by linguists – theoreticians and practitioners - from multiple perspectives. Thus, the conclusions and invitations for further research put forth in the papers collected in this book, should be of use to anyone with an interest in the effects of language, from cognitive scientists to FL teachers.

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Factors involved in the acquisition of prefixed verbs in Croatian as L2 (Darko Matovac / Sanda Lucija Udier)


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Darko Matovac & Sanda Lucija Udier

Croaticum Center, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb

Factors involved in the acquisition of prefixed verbs in Croatian as L2

Abstract: Previous research dealing with verbal prefixation in the context of learning Croatian as a second language (CL2) has shown that the acquisition of prefixed verbs is influenced by whether a verbal prefix has a cognate preposition and, if it does, how often prefixed verbs formed by that verbal prefix are followed by its cognate preposition. Furthermore, there are indications that the acquisition of meaning for a prefixed verb is in correlation with the complexity of the semantic network of a given verbal prefix, as well as with the frequency of the verbal prefix and the frequency of the prefixed verb itself. This research seeks to test these indications, as well as several others that are closely related, by investigating the attainment of prefixed verbs by CL2 learners at the B2 and C1 levels of language proficiency. The results of this research will benefit the development of a more efficient approach to teaching verbal prefixation in the context of CL2.

Keywords: verbal prefixation, attainment of prefixed verbs, Croatian as L2, language education

1 Introduction

Verbal prefixation is among the most challenging aspects of Slavic languages, to which Croatian belongs. The number of verbal prefixes is rather large (as many as 28 according...

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