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B.Philip.Jonsson wrote:

> Does anyone think that there are absolute criteria on what kind of L2
> linguistic structures are easier to learn for adults (irrespective of their
> L1, that is)?

I would refer again to the Tolomako/Sakao case.  Holophrastic
tendencies can't possibly make any language easier as an L2, even
if your L1 has them too, since the details won't match.

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John Cowan      http://www.ccil.org/~cowan              [log in to unmask]
        You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
        You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
                Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)