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ERIC Number: EJ969199
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0142-7164
Deeper than Shallow: Evidence for Structure-Based Parsing Biases in Second-Language Sentence Processing
Witzel, Jeffrey; Witzel, Naoko; Nicol, Janet
Applied Psycholinguistics, v33 n2 p419-456 Apr 2012
This study examines the reading patterns of native speakers (NSs) and high-level (Chinese) nonnative speakers (NNSs) on three English sentence types involving temporarily ambiguous structural configurations. The reading patterns on each sentence type indicate that both NSs and NNSs were biased toward specific structural interpretations. These results are interpreted as evidence that both first-language and second-language (L2) sentence comprehension is guided (at least in part) by structure-based parsing strategies and, thus as counterevidence to the claim that NNSs are largely limited to rudimentary (or "shallow") syntactic computation during online L2 sentence processing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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