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ERIC Number: EJ829065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 31
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Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0272-2631
Native Speakers' versus L2 Learners' Sensitivity to Parallelism in Vp-Ellipsis
Duffield, Nigel G.; Matsuo, Ayumi
Studies in Second Language Acquisition, v31 n1 p93-123 Mar 2009
This article examines sensitivity to structural parallelism in verb phrase ellipsis constructions in English native speakers as well as in three groups of advanced second language (L2) learners. The results of a set of experiments, based on those of Tanenhaus and Carlson (1990), reveal subtle but reliable differences among the various learner groups. These differences are interpreted as showing that some L2 learners can acquire sensitivity to parallelism in the absence of surface transfer. Furthermore, the results cast doubt on two conventional theoretical claims: that the parallelism effect has a syntactic basis and that it is uniquely linked to instances of surface anaphora (Hankamer & Sag, 1976).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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