The Acquisition of Case Marking by L1 Chabacano and L1 Cebuano Learners of L2 Filipino: Influence of Actancy Structure on Transfer

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Aireen L. Barrios

(Presented at the 1st MLE Conference, “Reclaiming the Right to Learn in One’s Own Language,” Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City, Feb 18-20, 2010.)

A. Barrios

ABSTRACT: The study investigated how Cebuano- and Chabacano-speaking children in the Philippines acquire case markings in Filipino.  Cebuano is similar to Filipino in possessing an ergative actancy structure, whereas Chabacano has an accusative actancy structure.  Fifty Chabacano and 50 Cebuano children (7 to 8 years old) were asked to describe transitive and intransitive actions in Filipino, and to judge the grammaticality of sentences with either correct or incorrect case markings of transitive and instransitive forms.  The results showed positive transfer for the intransitive subject and transitive object in both groups, and negative transfer for the transitive subject among the Chabacano children who tended to overgeneralize three case marking patterns in Chabacano when speaking in Filipino.  Implications for Filipino L2 instruction for different L1 speakers in the Philippines are discussed.

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