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ERIC Number: ED358723
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 14
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Structure-Dependence in Second Language Acquisition.
Naoi, Kazuhiro
This study views structure-dependence as a Universal Grammar (UG) principle and explores how and why children are able to attain the target grammar, in this case, the subject-auxiliary inversion rule. The hypothesis was tested that second language (L2) acquisition is guided by UG. In other words, L2 learners also adopt the structure-dependent yes/no question formation rule as in L1 acquisition. Japanese learners of English in Grade 9 completed a training session in relative clause structure, were tested on recognition and use of relative clauses, and then were tested for their preference for structure-dependent versus structure-independent versions of the question formation rule. Seven of 11 subjects employed the structure-dependent rule, and three other subjects did not make structure-independent errors. Results support the hypothesis that L2 learners are guided by a UG principle in dealing with the yes/no question formation. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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