ERIC Number: ED210944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
The Complement Hierarchy: Evidence for Language Universals from L2.
This paper is an empirical study of Dryer's (1980) universal hierarchy of positions of sentential complements as a predictor of second language acquisition. The place of universal grammar in second language research is discussed, as is Dryer's hierarchy and preliminary psycholinguistic evidence in support of it. The results of an experiment testing the hierarchy against the performance of second-language learners and native speakers are reported: the hierarchy predicts access to complement structures by second-language learners and native speakers (clause-final accessed more than clause-initial and access proceeds from more universal to less universal). These results are discussed as counterevidence to language interference and evidence for language universals and universals of performance. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (56th, New York, NY, December 30, 1981).