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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
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. -- John Cowan 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)