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ERIC Number: EJ1118846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Subject-Object Asymmetry in the Second Language Acquisition of English Relatives and Embedded "Wh"-Questions
Kang, Hyun-Sook
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v45 n6 p1389-1406 Dec 2016
This study examined subject-object asymmetry and developmental sequence in the second language (L2) acquisition of three types of "wh"-extraction, i.e., English headed relatives, headless relatives, and embedded "wh"-questions. Sixty-four L1 Korean learners of English completed an elicited imitation task and a grammaticality judgment task. The learners demonstrated a subject advantage in the headed RCs and headless RCs, but an object advantage in the embedded "wh"-questions, which suggests that they treat embedded "wh"-questions differently from headed relatives and headless relatives despite the similarities in surface forms. The learners further demonstrated the order of developing headless RCs followed by embedded "wh"-questions, and subsequently headed RCs, which supports the primacy of headless relatives as a simple nominal in L2 development.
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Language: English
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