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Boniface Nkombong Freiburg

The Effects of Frequent French L1/L2 Constructions on Grammatical Choice in Italian as Third Language

ErstbetreuerProf. Dr. Stefan Pfänder
ZweitbetreuerProf. Pierangela Diadori
DisziplinRomanistik
StatusVerteidigt

Situated at the crossroads of second language acquisition research and the study of cross-linguistic influences, this project investigates the effect of frequent mother tongue (L1) constructions on the choice of parallel constructions in Italian as third language (L3) in Cameroon.
French speaking Cameroonians are mostly growing up bilingually acquiring both French and a national Cameroonian language from early childhood on. Italian is learned in addition to other foreign languages at school/university level and is thus acquired as L3.
I thus hypothesize that francophone learners of Italian replace in Italian commonly used constructions with parallel high frequency constructions from French.
Thus, I will show that the usage frequency of grammatical constructions is reflected in the speakers? mental representation of grammar and influences their choice of parallel constructions in their L3 acquisition.
Moreover, I will establish how high frequency structures in L1 impact on the frequency of different structures in L3.
Methodologically, this study will be based on the quantitative and qualitative analysis of the above introduced structures in a spoken corpus of francophone Cameroonian learner Italian. To this end, I will record the production of Cameroonian students of all levels of proficiency (beginner, intermediate and advanced). The recordings will be used to compile a corpus of Italian as L3.


Kontakt

Emailboniface.nkombong@frequenz.uni-freiburg.de

Curriculum Vitae

CURRICULUM VITAE


HIGHER EDUCATION

October 2012 - present
PhD course in ?Romanische Philologie: Italienisch und eine weitere romanische Sprache?
Stipendiat Graduiertenkolleg DFG GRK 1624 "Frequenzeffekte in der Sprache"

2010 March 30th
Oral examination for the Laurea Specialistica (M.A.) in "Linguistic Sciences for Intercultural Communication" at the Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italy, with a thesis in didactics of Italian for foreigners

September 2006 - March 2010
M.A. in "Linguistic Sciences for Intercultural Communication" at the Faculty of Italian Language and Culture of the Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italy

2006 September 26th
Oral examination for the Laurea (B.A.) in "Linguistic and Cultural Mediation" at the the Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italy

October 2003 - September 2006
B.A. in "Linguistic and Cultural Mediation" at the Faculty of Italian Language and Culture of the Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italy

July 2003
DEUG (University Diploma of General Education) in "Lettres Trilingues" (Language and Literature in French, English and Italian) at the University of Dschang, Cameroon

2001 - 2003
DEUG course at the "Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines" (Faculty of Literature, Languages and Humanities) of the University of Dschang, Cameroon



WORK EXPERIENCE

January 2012 - May 2012
French teacher at "Die Vokabel Sprachenschule"

May 2011 - September 2012
Research assistant for CIEL-F (Corpus International Écologique de la Langue Française) project

February 1st - 26th 2010
EILC (Erasmus Intensive Language Courses) Tutor at the Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italy

February 2nd - 27th 2009
EILC (Erasmus Intensive Language Courses) Tutor at the Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italy

February 4th - 29th 2008
EILC (Erasmus Intensive Language Courses) Tutor at the Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italy

September - November 2007
Tutor at the Faculty of Italian Language and Culture and assistant at the Student Secretary of the Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italy

August - September 2006
Tutor at the Faculty of Italian Language and Culture and assistant at the Student Secretary of the Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italy

August - September 2004
Teaching assistant in the multimedia laboratory of the Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italy




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