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ERIC Number: EJ1041613
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Animacy Effect and Language Specificity: Judgment of Unaccusative Verbs by Korean Learners of English as a Foreign Language
Pae, Hye K.; Schanding, Brian; Kwon, Yeon-Jin; Lee, Yong-Won
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v43 n2 p187-207 Apr 2014
This study investigated the tendency of overpassivization of unaccusative verbs by Korean learners of English as a foreign language (FL). Sixty Korean native college students participated in the study, along with 17 English-speaking counterparts serving as a comparison group. Consistent with the findings of previous research, this study found Korean students' tendency to incorrectly accept passive-voice with inanimate subjects. The results of this study highlighted the role of lexical animacy, the hierarchy of agentivity, and language-specific effects on FL judgment. The findings of this study suggest a robust language-specific L1 effect on L2 acquisition and a greater involvement of cognition in FL use than language input.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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