Advanced learners’ word choices
in French L3
This is a follow-up on earlier studies of vocabulary acquisition and cross-linguistic influence (CLI) in advanced learners’ spoken French L3 (Lindqvist 2009, 2010; Lindqvist, Bardel & Gudmundson 2011). The purpose is to study advanced learners’ word choices in oral retellings of video films, focusing on the words chosen to express key objects, events or persons (see Jarvis 2000). It is investigated whether word choices differ between advanced learners and native speakers, and between advanced and low-intermediate learners. CLI in the learners’ word choices is also investigated. The results show that the learners use more general words than the native speakers. Furthermore, the advanced learners have more meaning-based CLI, while the low-intermediate learners have more formal CLI. Finally, some advanced learners transfer a preferred L1 option into L3.