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ERIC Number: EJ777305
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0272-2631
Gaps in Second Language Sentence Processing
Marinis, Theodore; Roberts, Leah; Felser, Claudia; Clahsen, Harald
Studies in Second Language Acquisition, v27 n1 p53-78 Mar 2005
Four groups of second language (L2) learners of English from different language backgrounds (Chinese, Japanese, German, and Greek) and a group of native speaker controls participated in an online reading time experiment with sentences involving long-distance "wh"-dependencies. Although the native speakers showed evidence of making use of intermediate syntactic gaps during processing, the L2 learners appeared to associate the fronted "wh"-phrase directly with its lexical subcategorizer, regardless of whether the subjacency constraint was operative in their native language. This finding is argued to support the hypothesis that nonnative comprehenders underuse syntactic information in L2 processing. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
Sponsor: Leverhulme Trust, London (England).
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