Recent research on L2 acquisition of aspect suggests that L2 learners can successfully acquire various morpho-syntactic properties of L2 related to aspect (Kozlowska-Macgregor 2002, Montrul and Slabakova 2002, Slabakova 2005, Gabriele 2005, Keiko et al. 2007, Nossalik 2009). This study investigates whether L2 learners, specifically, English learners of Russian, can acquire a 'new' type of coercion -- coercion distinct from the one found in their L1. This question is examined in the framework of the Interface Hypothesis (Sorace and Filiaci 2006), which predicts that L2 learners should be able to successfully acquire coercion, given that the latter is computed at the internal syntax-semantics interface. The findings demonstrate that English learners have no problem in acquiring the Russian type of coercion.
Selected Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA 2010)
edited by Mihaela Pirvulescu, María Cristina Cuervo, Ana T. Pérez-Leroux, Jeffrey Steele, and Nelleke Strik
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