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Title: Inquiries in Linguistic Development
Subtitle: In honor of Lydia White
Edited By: Roumyana Slabakova
Silvina A Montrul
Philippe Prévost
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=Z%20133

The focus of this collection is on important themes in L2 acquisition, the
nature of grammatical systems developed by language learners in L1
acquisition, third language acquisition, and bilingualism and language
attrition. The chapters present an interesting mix of theoretical
contributions, overview studies, and experimental designs exploring various
research questions, such as learnability and access to UG, L1 influence,
the nature of initial and endstate grammars, and variability. The
linguistic domains investigated are also extremely diverse: morphosyntax,
phonology, the lexicon, argument realization, language processing, and
interface phenomena.

This book, edited and written by McGill University alumni, is intended as a
tribute to Lydia White's contribution to the field of generative second
language acquisition. The authors present current work on language
acquisition which further investigates several themes developed by White's
research. Through these state-of-the-art contributions the reader will be
able to identify important new directions in which generative language
acquisition is developing and expanding.

Table of contents

Inquiries in linguistic development: Studies in honor of Lydia White
Roumyana Slabakova, Silvina A. Montrul and Philippe Prévost 1-13

I. Learnability and parameter setting
'Passive' unaccusative errors in L2 English revisited
Makiko Hirakawa 17-39

Manner-of-motion verbs with locational/directional PPs in L2 English and
Shunji Inagaki 41-68

A semantic parameter with a syntactic trigger in the L2 acquisition of Italian
Roumyana Slabakova 69-87

Investigating the L2 initial state: Additional evidence from the production
and comprehension of Afrikaans-speaking learners of German
Theres Grüter and Simone Conradie 89-114

L1 phonotactic knowledge and the L2 acquisition of alternations
Joe Pater and Anne-Michelle Tessier 115–131

II. Variability
Morphological variability in the development of L2 French morphosyntax: The
issues of impairment and L1 influence
Philippe Prévost 135-156

Full transfer vs. partial transfer in L2 and L3 acquisition
Yan-kit Ingrid Leung 157-187

A representational licensing-based account of asymmetries in the L2
acquisition of place
Jeffrey Steele 189-211

Processing reduced relative versus main verb ambiguity in English as a
Second Language: A replication study with working memory
Alan Juffs 213-232

Formalism and functionalism working together? Exploring roles for
complementary contributions in the domain of child null arguments
Shanley E.M. Allen 233-255

III. Incomplete ultimate attainment L2 acquisition of pragmatic and
syntactic constraints in the use of overt and null subject pronouns
Ayşe Gürel 259-282

L2 end state grammars and incomplete acquisition of Spanish CLLD constructions
Elena Valenzuela 283-304

Knowledge of clitic doubling in Spanish: Evidence against pattern learning
Joyce Bruhn de Garavito 305-333

Incomplete acquisition as a feature of bilingual and L2 grammars
Silvina A. Montrul 335-359

Index 361–363

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Language Acquisition
Generative Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027232326
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 363
Prices: Europe EURO 130.00
U.S. $ 176