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Cross-Linguistic Differences at the Syntax-Discourse Interface in Off- and On-line L2 Performance
Holger Hopp
147-158 (complete paper or proceedings contents)

Abstract

To test current approaches to divergence at the Interfaces of syntax in adult L2 acquisition, this study explores the syntax-discourse interface in L1 English, Dutch, and Russian endstate speakers of German. Results from off-line and on-line tasks on discourse-driven word order variation, so-called scrambling, show differences according to L1 and according to task. Convergence is attested for the L1 English and Russian groups; however, convergence for these groups also varies according to task demands. It is argued that difficulties at the syntax-discourse interface are due to computational limitations and not representational impairment in discourse-to-syntax mappings at L2 ultimate attainment.

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Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA)
edited by Alyona Belikova, Luisa Meroni, and Mari Umeda
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