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Are some languages easier to learn? (A twist

From:Mathias M. Lassailly <lassailly@...>
Date:Monday, October 19, 1998, 19:08
John wrote :

B.Philip.Jonsson wrote:
> > > Does anyone think that there are absolute criteria on what kind of L2 > > linguistic structures are easier to learn for adults (irrespective of their > > L1, that is)? > > I would refer again to the Tolomako/Sakao case. Holophrastic > tendencies can't possibly make any language easier as an L2, even > if your L1 has them too, since the details won't match. >
Interesting. I believe quite the contrary having learned Khmer whose grammar has got so simple that it's become difficult to tell a verb phrase from a noun phrase which holophrastic is all about, I do think. The only prerequisit for this is a structure allowing to tell a compound-word from a compound of main and sub-words (you get it ?). Then just make sentence a string of simple phrases. Easy :-) Mathias ----- See the original message at -- Free e-mail group hosting at