LINGUIST List 11.926

Sat Apr 22 2000

Sum: Strong Crossover Task

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  1. William J. Crawford, Strong Crossover Task

Message 1: Strong Crossover Task

Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2000 06:31:24 -0500
From: William J. Crawford <>
Subject: Strong Crossover Task

For Query: Linguist 11.650

This is a follow-up to my query dated March 21, 2000. In the absence of
any known task, I am attempting to construct a method of determining
knowledge of the strong crossover constraint on movement for adult L2
learners. I have now devised a task and I would like to share it with
anyone who is interested in taking a look at it and providing some
feedback. If you are interested, let me know and I can send you the task,
either as a MS WORD file or as a in-test email message.

At this point:

I would like to thank Stephen Wilson for the Department of Cognitive and
Brain Sciences at MIT for pointing out Crain and Thornton's 1998 book,
Investigations in Universal Grammar. (See reference below.) I have used
their task and adapted it into a sort of combination of a truth value task
and a forced choice scenario.

I would also like to thank Mia Kuha from the Department of English at Ball
State University for her valuable comments and questions in previous
versions of the present task.

Kleanthes K. Grohmann, Dept. of Linguistics, Univ. of Maryland, also
mentioned a good source for a strong-crossover task similar to that of
Crain and Thornton's. This can be found in Crain and Lillo Martin's 1998
book (See reference below.)

Finally, Suzette Haden Elgin also helped me with earlier versions of the task.

Strong Crossover test references:

Crain, S. and Lillo-Martin, D. 1999. An Introduction to Linguistic Theory
and Language Acquisition. Blackwell.

Crain, S. and Thornton, R. 1998. Investigations in Universal Grammar: A
guide to experiments on the acquisition of syntax and semantic Cambridge
MA: MIT Press.

Thanks in advance

William J. Crawford
U.W. Department of English
5116 Helen C. White Hall
600 N. Park St.
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
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