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Title: 'On the (un)-ambiguity of Adjectival Modification in Spanish Determiner Phrases'
Author: JasonRothman
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Homepage: 'http://www.uiowa.edu/~slalab/'
Institution: 'University of Reading'
Author: TiffanyJudy
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Institution: 'University of Florida'
Author: PedroGuijarro-Fuentes
Institution: 'University of Plymouth'
Author: AcrisioM.Pires
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Homepage: 'http://www.lsa.umich.edu/ling/people/Acrisio_Pires.htm'
Institution: 'University of Michigan'
Linguistic Field: 'Language Acquisition'
Subject Language: 'English'
' Spanish'
Abstract: This study contributes to a central debate within contemporary generative second language (L2) theorizing: the extent to which adult learners are (un)able to acquire new functional features that result in a L2 grammar that is mentally structured like the native target (see White, 2003). The adult acquisition of L2 nominal phi-features is explored, with focus on the syntactic and semantic reflexes in the related domain of adjective placement in two experimental groups: English-speaking intermediate (n = 21) and advanced (n = 24) learners of Spanish, as compared to a native-speaker control group (n = 15). Results show that, on some of the tasks, the intermediate L2 learners appear to have acquired the syntactic properties of the Spanish determiner phrase but, on other tasks, to show some delay with the semantic reflexes of prenominal and postnominal adjectives. Crucially, however, our data demonstrate full convergence by all advanced learners and thus provide evidence in contra the predictions of representational deficit accounts (e.g., Hawkins & Chan, 1997; Hawkins & Franceschina, 2004; Hawkins & Hattori, 2006).

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This article appears in Studies in Second Language Acquisition Vol. 32, Issue 1, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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