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ERIC Number: EJ1065070
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
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ISSN: ISSN-0267-6583
Advanced Learners' Comprehension of Discourse Connectives: The Role of L1 Transfer across On-Line and Off-Line Tasks
Zufferey, Sandrine; Mak, Willem; Degand, Liesbeth; Sanders, Ted
Second Language Research, v31 n3 p389-411 Jul 2015
Discourse connectives are important indicators of textual coherence, and mastering them is an essential part of acquiring a language. In this article, we compare advanced learners' sensitivity to the meaning conveyed by connectives in an off-line grammaticality judgment task and an on-line reading experiment using eye-tracking. We also assess the influence of first language (L1) transfer by comparing learners' comprehension of two non-native-like semantic uses of connectives in English, often produced by learners due to transfer from French and Dutch. Our results indicate that in an off-line task transfer is an important factor accounting for French- and Dutch-speaking learners' non-native-like comprehension of connectives. During on-line processing, however, learners are as sensitive as native speakers to the meaning conveyed by connectives. These results raise intriguing questions regarding explicit vs. implicit knowledge in language learners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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