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ALRJournal. 2020; 4(4): 41-56 | DOI: 10.14744/alrj.2019.32032

The Acquisition of French (L3) Prepositions by Iranian Learners of English

Fatemeh Khezri1, Mohammad Hasan Razmi2, Ali Akbar Jabbari2, Hamideh Ghadaki1
1English Department, Faculty of Humanities, Science and Arts University, Yazd, Iran
2Department of Foreign Languages, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran

Studies in the domain of L3 acquisition have revealed that in the process of L3 acquisition, previously learned languages can be regarded as sources of transfer (Leung, 2005). Therefore, this study attempted to investigate the role of Persian (L1) and English (L2) in French (L3) prepositions in light of three prominent hypotheses (L1 Factor Hypothesis, L2 Status Factor and Cumulative Enhancement Model). To this aim, 40 students majoring in the French literature from Isfahan University were selected. The participants were asked to complete two kinds of tests: Translation Test and Grammaticality Judgment Test (GJT). The findings suggested that during the process of L3 prepositional verb acquisition, it was the L1 and CEM that played a great role. By knowing this, it would be beneficial for teachers, as well as, students to highlight similar prepositional verbs in both French and Persian and improve their learning strategies.

Keywords: L3 acquisition, Prepositions, L2 Status factor, L1 Factor Hypothesis, CEM

Fatemeh Khezri, Mohammad Hasan Razmi, Ali Akbar Jabbari, Hamideh Ghadaki. The Acquisition of French (L3) Prepositions by Iranian Learners of English. ALRJournal. 2020; 4(4): 41-56

Corresponding Author: Mohammad Hasan Razmi, Iran
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