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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

Academic Paper

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: Universität Potsdam
Author: Harald Clahsen
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Institution: Universität 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.

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