- Language: English
- 440 Pages
- Published: October 2011
- Region: Global
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Language and Migration. Edition No. 1
- Published: July 2010
- Region: Global
- 132 Pages
- VDM Publishing House
Language is learned through associative learning mechanisms, say connectionists. Many linguists suggest that language is governed by rules. On the other hand, the dual mechanism model provides a compromise between the rule-based and the associative memory based models to explain certain linguistic processes. In this book, the author explores these theories in the context of second language learning. The highlight of the study presented is an experiment on South Asian immigrants, stratified into groups according to their age of arrival in England. The participants were tested on a word formation task; information about the linguistic input was elicited by means of a questionnaire. Results derived from the task can be interpreted as supportive of the dual mechanism model. However, the results of the questionnaire support a connectionist account. With these mixed results, the author expounds the relationship between language learning and age of arrival of immigrants learning a second language. The book also offers an insight into the sociological aspects of language learning and migration.
Asiya's research at Oxford University was in the area of psycholinguistics and cognition. She also studied for an MPhil in Caribbean literature at the University of Kashmir. Asiya was awarded the Ford Foundation International Fellowship in 2007. Her research interests include psycholinguistics and postcolonial literature.