ERIC Number: EJ359485
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1987
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Lexical Constraints on Syntactic Acquisition.
Ard, Josh; Gass, Susan M.
Studies in Second Language Acquisition, v9 n2 p233-51 Jun 1987
Data from responses to a grammaticality judgement test by 26 learners of English as a second language at two proficiency levels were used to investigate syntactic acquisition. Four syntactic structures were examined. Results suggest that less proficient subjects use syntactic strategies, while more proficient learners use semantic-based strategies. (Author/LMO)
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Grammatical Acceptability, Higher Education, Interlanguage, Language Patterns, Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Learning Strategies, Second Language Learning, Semantics, Sentence Structure, Syntax, Transformational Generative Grammar, Verbal Development, Verbs, Vocabulary Development
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A