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ERIC Number: EJ1027041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0023-8333
An Event-Related Potential (ERP) Investigation of Filler-Gap Processing in Native and Second Language Speakers
Dallas, Andrea; DeDe, Gayle; Nicol, Janet
Language Learning, v63 n4 p766-799 Dec 2013
The current study employed a neuro-imaging technique, Event-Related Potentials (ERP), to investigate real-time processing of sentences containing filler-gap dependencies by late-learning speakers of English as a second language (L2) with a Chinese native language background. An individual differences approach was also taken to examine the role of proficiency and working memory. Materials included a plausibility manipulation to look at whether a plausibility effect, the N400 effect, was found at the point of resolution, the verb, in filler-gap dependencies. The results suggest that, although the L2 speakers as a group are not sensitive to plausibility variations, correlational analysis indicates that more proficient L2 speakers, like the first-language (L1) speakers, are sensitive to plausibility variations while processing filler-gap sentences. Working memory was not found to be associated with more native-like processing of these constructions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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