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Informal Second Language Acquisition And Foreigner Talk

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In this chapter of language shift and Arabicization, the focus is on the case of second language acquisition, rather than foreign language acquisition, because Arabic played multiple functions in the individual and social spheres in the conquered territories. Klein bases the distinction between 'spontaneous' and 'guided' language acquisition on psycholinguistic factors. On the other hand, advocates of the sociolinguistic distinction between formal and informal second language acquisition claim that it is highly improbable to assume informal second language acquisition is subconscious and instructed learning is conscious. The chapter examines the types of input related to informal second language learning. In this respect, it explains the general features of input, and then move to discuss Foreigner Talk (FT) as the assumed input register in native-non-native target language interaction in the early decades of the Arab conquests.

Keywords: Arab; Foreigner Talk (FT); informal second language acquisition; Klein; psycholinguistic factors; sociolinguistic factors



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