Lexicogrammatical complexity in L2 French


Lexicogrammatical complexity in French as a Foreign Language: The impact of mode 

The project is part of a larger research programme that aims to define and circumscribe the linguistic construct of lexicogrammatical complexity, i.e. the complexity that arises from the (native-like) preferred co-selection of syntactic structures and lexical items in language use, within the framework of usage-based theories of language, and to theoretically and empirically demonstrate its relevance for L2 complexity research, and more generally for theories of L2 use and development.

The main objective of the project is to investigate the impact of mode (speech vs. writing) on lexicogrammatical complexity in L2 French performance data. It is guided by the following research questions:

(1) How does lexicogrammatical complexity compare across modes in L2 French at different proficiency levels?;
(2) How does lexicogrammatical complexity develop in L2 French across modes?;
(3) To what extent does lexicogrammatical complexity relate to other aspects of linguistic complexity as tapped by the current repertoire of measures of complexity in L2 written vs. spoken French?

This project is funded by the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (F.S.R-FNRS) (2018-2022).

Project director: M. Paquot
PhD student: N. Vandeweerd

Paquot, M. (2019). The phraseological dimension in interlanguage complexity research. Second Language Research, 35(1), 121–145. https://doi.org/10.1177/0267658317694221 (First Published March 22, 2017)