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Frontiers in Educational Research, 2022, 5(20); doi: 10.25236/FER.2022.052007.

Research on Language Transfer in Second Language Acquisition


Meiqi Zhang

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Meiqi Zhang

University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China


Language transfer shows close relevance to second language acquisition. Despite the passage of nearly a century, the discussion on language transfer and the role of mother tongue never ceased. This paper reviews the background of language transfer research and the development of research on language transfer. It also shows the analysis on the transferability of mother tongue and its characteristics. Finally, this paper makes it clear the implications of language transfer research for second language teaching.


Language transfer, Mother tongue transfer, Second language acquisition

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Meiqi Zhang. Research on Language Transfer in Second Language Acquisitiont. Frontiers in Educational Research (2022) Vol. 5, Issue 20: 38-41. https://doi.org/10.25236/FER.2022.052007.


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