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ERIC Number: EJ1113917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-2631
The Dative Alternation in German-English Interlanguage
Jäschke, Katja; Plag, Ingo
Studies in Second Language Acquisition, v38 n3 p485-521 Sep 2016
This study investigates the role of probabilistic grammatical constraints on the dative alternation in English as a second language (ESL). It presents the results of an experiment in which the different factors that are influential in first language (L1) English are tested with advanced learners of English whose L1 is German. Second language (L2) learners are influenced by the same determinants as L1 speakers but to a lesser degree. Together with the results of previous studies, the present results suggest that, initially, the learners do not make use of probabilistic constraints in spite of the constraints being influential in the L1 and only gradually acquire a sensitivity toward the constraints that govern the choice between the two dative constructions.
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Language: English
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