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ERIC Number: EJ980472
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1366-7289
The Processing of Subject-Object Ambiguities in Native and Near-Native Mexican Spanish
Jegerski, Jill
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, v15 n4 p721-735 Oct 2012
This self-paced reading study first tested the prediction that the garden path effect previously observed during the processing of subject-object ambiguities in native English would not obtain in a null subject language like Spanish. The investigation then further explored whether the effect would be evident among near-native readers of Spanish whose native language was a non-null subject language like English. Twenty-three near-native and 33 native readers of Mexican Spanish read sentences like "Cuando el escultor acabo/volvio la obra tenia tres metros de altura" "When the sculptor finished/came back the piece was three meters in height". The results suggest that (i) Spanish differs from English for this type of processing and (ii) native and near-native processing can be guided by largely similar principles, at least where lexical information like verb transitivity is concerned.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico