Re: Are some languages easier to learn? (A twist on language superiority, improvement, etc.)
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Monday, October 19, 1998, 14:56|
> 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.
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan firstname.lastname@example.org
You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn.
You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn.
Clear all so! 'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)