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ERIC Number: EJ875121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 41
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 91
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7164
How Similar Are Adult Second Language Learners and Spanish Heritage Speakers? Spanish Clitics and Word Order
Montrul, Silvina
Applied Psycholinguistics, v31 n1 p167-207 Jan 2010
Recent studies of heritage speakers, many of whom possess incomplete knowledge of their family language, suggest that these speakers may be linguistically superior to second language (L2) learners only in phonology but not in morphosyntax. This study reexamines this claim by focusing on knowledge of clitic pronouns and word order in 24 L2 learners and 24 Spanish heritage speakers. Results of an oral production task, a written grammaticality judgment task, and a speeded comprehension task showed that, overall, heritage speakers seem to possess more nativelike knowledge of Spanish than their L2 counterparts. Implications for theories that stress the role of age and experience in L2 ultimate attainment and for the field of heritage language acquisition and teaching are discussed. (Contains 6 tables, 2 figures and 19 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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