Title

Third Language Acquisition of Japanese: Does Knowing a Second Language Help to Acquire Dissimilar Languages?

Presenter Information

Gabrielle TinebraFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Junior

Major

German/Japanese Education

Minor

N/A

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Reika Ebert, PhD

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

The number of bilingual citizens in our global society is increasing daily; whether it be through simultaneous bilingualism or sequential acquisition. Our world is becoming increasingly interconnected, thus creating the argument for increased research into language acquisition. There have already been studies conducted to support the argument that being bilingual improves the acquisition of a third language, but I have taken this a step further to study whether the same is true for third languages that are from different families to the previous languages. Using Japanese as a foundation, various second and third language acquisition articles, and personal experiences, I present the reasons as to how the learning of a third language becomes easier with a second language and why it still holds true when languages come from different families.

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Modern Languages Senior Colloquium

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Third Language Acquisition of Japanese: Does Knowing a Second Language Help to Acquire Dissimilar Languages?

The number of bilingual citizens in our global society is increasing daily; whether it be through simultaneous bilingualism or sequential acquisition. Our world is becoming increasingly interconnected, thus creating the argument for increased research into language acquisition. There have already been studies conducted to support the argument that being bilingual improves the acquisition of a third language, but I have taken this a step further to study whether the same is true for third languages that are from different families to the previous languages. Using Japanese as a foundation, various second and third language acquisition articles, and personal experiences, I present the reasons as to how the learning of a third language becomes easier with a second language and why it still holds true when languages come from different families.