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CREATIVITY AND MULTIDIMENSIONAL ASPECTS OF WRITTEN L2 ROMANIAN CORPORA
CREATIVITY AND MULTIDIMENSIONAL ASPECTS OF WRITTEN L2 ROMANIAN CORPORA

Author(s): Alexandra Cotoc, Anamaria Radu
Subject(s): Foreign languages learning
Published by: Editura U. T. Press
Keywords: Romanian L2; creativity; multidimensional aspects; morphosyntactic features; linguistic code

Summary/Abstract: The present paper aims to analyse a corpus of several written tasks of Erasmus students and students in the preparatory year who study Romanian as a foreign language. The texts produced consist of short narratives, but also functional texts (formal and informal letters, essays, short commercials etc.). We will focus on the creative aspects of these different types of writing tasks of pre-intermediate learners (A2+/B1). At the same time, observing the Common European Framework, we will highlight the multidimensional aspects encountered in these texts: the morphological, syntactic and lexical features. Our analysis covers important Romanian peculiarities and presents the way in which they are assimilated and used by the students. Although the learners’ discourses are different from what native speakers would produce, we consider that they create a new linguistic code, not only at a stylistic level, but also at a morphosyntactic level. Hence, we can observe aspects like: linguistic calques, the use of foreign words to which they add Romanian morphemes, code switching. Moreover, considering the fact that foreign learners come across a lot of difficulties when studying Romanian language (agreement, gender, complex verb conjugation, the genitive/dative clitics etc.), their discourses are to be viewed as proofs of progress in learning Romanian as a foreign language.

  • Issue Year: 12/2012
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 14-22
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English