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ERIC Number: EJ1016117
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 28
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ISSN: ISSN-0142-7164
Processing of Regular and Irregular Past Tense Morphology in Highly Proficient Second Language Learners of English: A Self-Paced Reading Study
Pliatsikas, Christos; Marinis, Theodoros
Applied Psycholinguistics, v34 n5 p943-970 Sep 2013
Dual-system models suggest that English past tense morphology involves two processing routes: rule application for regular verbs and memory retrieval for irregular verbs. In second language (L2) processing research, Ullman suggested that both verb types are retrieved from memory, but more recently Clahsen and Felser and Ullman argued that past tense rule application can be automatized with experience by L2 learners. To address this controversy, we tested highly proficient Greek-English learners with naturalistic or classroom L2 exposure compared to native English speakers in a self-paced reading task involving past tense forms embedded in plausible sentences. Our results suggest that, irrespective to the type of exposure, proficient L2 learners of extended L2 exposure apply rule-based processing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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