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Processbarhetsteorin: En studie om finskspråkiga elevers användning av personliga och reflexiva pronomen i possessivform samt placering av negation i bisats 
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Swedish Language.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Processability theory : A study about Finnish students’ use of the possessive personal pronouns, the possessive reflexive pronouns and the placement of the Swedish negation in subordinate clauses (English)
Abstract [en]

This essay aims to explain Finnish students’ acquisition of Swedish as a second language: the focal point is the learners’ use of the possessive personal pronouns (hennes, hans and deras) and the possessive reflexive pronouns (sin, sitt and sina), and the placement of the Swedish negation in subordinate clauses. The theoretical background for the analysis of these linguistic structures is the Processability theory. This thesis suggests that the pronouns, which have not been earlier investigated through the Processability theory, are a part of the stage 4 of the theory, whilst the placement of negation in subordinate clauses is part of the stage 5.

The basis for this thesis is a survey made in a secondary school in the north of Sweden and an upper secondary school in the north of Finland in autumn 2016. In other words two different groups of students have participated in the survey: one group studying Swedish as a second language in Sweden and one group studying Swedish as a foreign language in Finland. The analysis shows no linguistic differences between these two groups and for this reason there is no distinction made between them.

The results reveal that the possessive personal pronouns are slightly more overused than the possessive reflexive pronouns. However, the results show that those students who have not commenced to process level 4 have not either began to process level 5. The learners’ utilization of the negation placement suggests that they first learn the preverbal placement of the negation in a main verb and afterwards the preverbal placement of a negation in an auxiliary verb.

The results and conclusions given in this essay may be of some interest for other teachers and educational researchers. 

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2016. , p. 34
Keywords [en]
Processabilty theory, second langugage acquisition, negation, subordinate clauses, possessive personal and reflexive pronouns
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Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60489OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-60489DiVA, id: diva2:1071501
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Swedish as a Second Language
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Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
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