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Japanese Speakers' Article Omission in L2 English: Evidence against the Prosodic Transfer Hypothesis?
Neal Snape
394-405 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


The study provides oral production data from Japanese L2 English. 30 participants in total took part in a story re-call task. Japanese is a language without articles but there are noun prefixes (Poser 1990) and demonstratives in Japanese that can attach directly to the Phonological Phrase. This allows L2 learners to use target-like and non-target-like structures from the L1 to accommodate the L2 prosodic structure in Art+N and Art+Adj+N contexts respectively. The results from the oral production task indicate an asymmetry in non-modified and adjectively modified nominal contexts as found in Goad and White's (2004) study. This is unexpected as the author argues Japanese structures can prosodically accommodate articles in English. He explores alternative explanations for omission errors.

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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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