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ERIC Number: EJ856268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 18
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Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-1366-7289
The On-Line Application of Binding Principle A in English as a Second Language
Felser, Claudia; Sato, Mikako; Bertenshaw, Nicholas
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, v12 n4 p485-502 Oct 2009
We report the results from two experiments investigating proficient Japanese-speaking learners' processing of reflexive object pronouns in English as a second language (L2). Experiment 1 used a timed grammaticality judgement task to assess learners' sensitivity to binding Principle A under processing pressure, and Experiment 2 investigated the time-course of reflexive anaphor resolution during L2 reading using the eye-movement monitoring technique. Taken together, our results show that despite having demonstrated native-like knowledge of reflexive binding in corresponding untimed tasks, the learners processed English reflexives differently from native speakers in that they took into consideration a matching discourse-prominent but binding-theoretically inappropriate antecedent when first encountering a reflexive. This suggests that unlike what has been reported in corresponding monolingual processing research (Sturt, 2003), initial antecedent search in L2 English is not constrained by binding Principle A.
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Language: English
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