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Title: Gaps in second language sentence processing
Author: Theodoros Marinis
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Institution: University of Reading
Author: Leah Roberts
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Institution: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Author: Claudia Felser
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Institution: Universit├Ąt Potsdam
Author: Harald Clahsen
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Institution: Universit├Ąt Potsdam
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition
Subject Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Greek, Modern
Abstract: Four groups of second language (L2) learners of English from different language backgrounds (Chinese, Japanese, German, and Greek) and a group of native speaker controls participated in an online reading time experiment with sentences involving long-distance wh-dependencies. Although the native speakers showed evidence of making use of intermediate syntactic gaps during processing, the L2
learners appeared to associate the fronted wh-phrase directly with its lexical subcategorizer, regardless of whether the subjacency constraint was operative in their native language. This finding is argued to support the hypothesis that nonnative comprehenders underuse syntactic information in L2 processing.


This article appears IN Studies in Second Language Acquisition Vol. 27, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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