Cognitive and social factors in explaining language acquisition: a study of the spoken English of the Hong Kong Cantonese adolescents in London

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/325541
Title:
Cognitive and social factors in explaining language acquisition: a study of the spoken English of the Hong Kong Cantonese adolescents in London
Authors:
Lau, Lawrence
Abstract:
Through combining the traditional Chomskyan approach as well as the sociolinguistic approach to language learning, the present research explores the production of 12 English linguistic features by 12 Hong Kong Cantonese adolescent informants living in London. An analysis of their social practices is also undertaken and linked to their production of these linguistic features. The research relies on participant observation and data elicited from interviews with the 12 informants. These informants were born in Hong Kong and arrived in London at age 5, 8, and 10. The findings suggest that cognitive and social factors play an important part in language learning. These factors include the critical period, social network, and other social practices like reading, taking part in school-organised extracurricular activities. The research underscores the importance of social factors in the explanation of language behaviour in migrant communities.
Citation:
Lau, L. (2002) 'Cognitive and social factors in explaining language acquisition: a study of the spoken English of the Hong Kong Cantonese adolescents in London'. PhD thesis. University of Luton.
Publisher:
University of Bedfordshire
Issue Date:
Dec-2002
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/325541
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Description:
A thesis submitted to the University of Luton in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
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dc.contributor.authorLau, Lawrenceen
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-29T08:38:41Z-
dc.date.available2014-08-29T08:38:41Z-
dc.date.issued2002-12-
dc.identifier.citationLau, L. (2002) 'Cognitive and social factors in explaining language acquisition: a study of the spoken English of the Hong Kong Cantonese adolescents in London'. PhD thesis. University of Luton.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/325541-
dc.descriptionA thesis submitted to the University of Luton in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.en
dc.description.abstractThrough combining the traditional Chomskyan approach as well as the sociolinguistic approach to language learning, the present research explores the production of 12 English linguistic features by 12 Hong Kong Cantonese adolescent informants living in London. An analysis of their social practices is also undertaken and linked to their production of these linguistic features. The research relies on participant observation and data elicited from interviews with the 12 informants. These informants were born in Hong Kong and arrived in London at age 5, 8, and 10. The findings suggest that cognitive and social factors play an important part in language learning. These factors include the critical period, social network, and other social practices like reading, taking part in school-organised extracurricular activities. The research underscores the importance of social factors in the explanation of language behaviour in migrant communities.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.subjectQ140 Sociolinguisticsen
dc.subjectlanguage learningen
dc.subjectHong Kongen
dc.subjectEnglishen
dc.subjectadolescentsen
dc.subjectlanguage acquisitionen
dc.titleCognitive and social factors in explaining language acquisition: a study of the spoken English of the Hong Kong Cantonese adolescents in Londonen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhDen_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevelPhDen
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Bedfordshireen
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