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ERIC Number: EJ777370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 29
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0272-2631
Interaction and Syntactic Priming: English L2 Speakers' Production of Dative Constructions
McDonough, Kim
Studies in Second Language Acquisition, v28 n2 p179-207 Jun 2006
Interaction research about the role of language production in second language (L2) development has focused largely on modified output, specifically learners' responses to negative feedback (Iwashita, 2001; Loewen & Philp, in press; Mackey & Philp, 1998; McDonough, 2005; McDonough & Mackey, in press; Nobuyoshi & Ellis, 1993; Pica, 1988; Shehadeh, 2001). However, other processes involved in language production might help account for the beneficial relationship between interaction and L2 development. This paper reports the findings of two experiments that examined the occurrence of syntactic priming--a speaker's tendency to produce a previously spoken or heard structure--during interaction between L2 English speakers. Both studies used confederate scripting to elicit dative constructions from advanced English L2 speakers. In experiment 1, the participants (n = 50) were exposed to both prepositional and double-object dative primes. The linear mixed-model analysis indicated that syntactic priming occurred with prepositional datives only. In experiment 2, the English L2 participants (n = 54) received double-object dative primes only; results showed no evidence of syntactic priming. The implications are discussed in terms of the potential role of syntactic priming in driving L2 development in interactive contexts. [This research was supported by the campus research board at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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