Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume.7 Number. 4  December, 2016            Pp. 202 – 224
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol7no4.14

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Acquisition of Modern Standard Arabic by Speakers of Different Arabic Colloquial Varieties: Resumption in Object Relative Clauses *1

 

Sami Alresaini
Department of English Language & Literature
College of Languages & Translation
Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

 

Abstract:
It is often claimed that there are no native speakers of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) due to possible effect of late age of first exposure (AoE) and possible effect of the acquired colloquial variety ofArabic, which is considered as the first language (L1). This empirical study examined the impact of AoE and knowledge of the L1on the ultimate attainment of resumption in MSA object relative clauses. 147adolescent participants from Egypt, the Levant, and the gulf regions, were recruited to examine their underlying knowledge ofresumption in MSA through completing an Acceptability Judgment Task. Using ANOVAand planned comparisons, the differences in participants’ judgments to resumptionwere evaluated across 5 groups corresponding to different AoE and the colloquialvarieties they speak. The analysis of the data showed no significant effect of AoEnorof the L1, and post hoc tests showed no significant differences between the groups ofparticipants. These results were discussed in relation to theories on L1 influence and tothe critical period hypothesis.
Keywords: critical period hypothesis, first language influence, modern standard Arabic, resumption, second language acquisition

Cite as: Alresaini, S.  (2016). Acquisition of Modern Standard Arabic by Speakers of Different Arabic Colloquial Varieties: Resumption in Object Relative Clauses *Arab World English Journal, 7(4)
DOI https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol7no4.14

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Sami Alresaini is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the department of English
Language & Literature at Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University since 2013. He
started working in the academic field since 2004, and he is interested in research and
teaching theoretical linguistics, focusing on theories of syntax and theories of 1st and
2
edlanguage acquisition. He obtained his MA and PhD degrees from the University of York
in the UK. Currently, he is working on topics related to the effect of linguistic typology on
the critical period for acquiring the second language. Sami Alresaini lives in Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia.