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L2 English Articles and the Computation of Uniqueness
Mei Yang and Tania Ionin
325-335 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This paper examines whether L2-English learners from an article-less L1 (Mandarin Chinese) are sensitive to the semantic and pragmatic properties of English articles. An acceptability judgment task is used to explore whether learners are sensitive to the semantics of uniqueness across different pragmatic environments. The results indicate that intermediate-level L2-learners are sensitive to the semantics of uniqueness, but over-rely on the discourse factors of previous mention and association in their computation of uniqueness. While most prior studies of articles in L2-English rely on production, the present study provides information about learners' interpretation of articles in a judgment task.

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Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA 2008)
edited by Jean Crawford, Koichi Otaki, and Masahiko Takahashi
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