Barasano Syntax: Studies in the Languages of Colombia 2 by Wendell Jones


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Older learners, ispecially students in language classrooms, are more likely to receive only limited exposure to the second language. d to a far smaller range of Yjrh discourse rypes. r"g. d ir,"*o"rt social settings. larrei telcherc switch to their students' first langyag. r"g. in real communication. ir"Jy. Similarly, in second language learning outside of clasirooms, errors that do not interfere with meaning are usually overlooked. on. who was trying to have a conversation with them. Nevertheless, interlocutors may react to an error if they cannot understand what the speaker is trying ro say.

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