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Academic Paper

Title: Cross-linguistic differences and their impact on L2 sentence processing
Author: Carrie N. Jackson
Institution: Pennsylvania State University
Author: Paola E. Dussias
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Institution: Pennsylvania State University
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Morphology; Syntax
Subject Language: German
Abstract: Using a self-paced reading task, the present study investigates how highly proficient second language (L2) speakers of German with English as their native language process unambiguous -subject-extractions and -object-extractions in German. Previous monolingual research has shown that English and German exhibit different processing preferences for the type of -question under investigation, due in part to the robust case-marking system in German – a morphosyntactic feature that is largely absent in English (e.g., Juffs and Harrington, 1995; Fanselow, Kliegl and Schlesewsky 1999; Meng and Bader, 2000; Juffs, 2005). The results revealed that the L2 German speakers utilized case-marking information and exhibited a subject-preference similar to German native speakers. These findings are discussed in light of relevant research regarding the ability of L2 speakers to adopt native-like processing strategies in their L2.


This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 12, Issue 1.

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