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Quantifier Scope and Scrambling in the Second Language Acquisition of Russian
Tania Ionin, Tatiana Luchkina, and Anastasia Stoops
169-180 (complete paper or proceedings contents)

Abstract

This paper reports on a study investigating how native Russian speakers and second language learners of Russian interpret double-quantifier sentences with canonical SVO as well as scrambled OVS orders. A Truth-Value Judgment Task is used, in which participants are asked to evaluate sentences such as 'One girl strokes every kitten' (in Russian) as true or false in the context of pictures that display either the surface-scope reading (a single girl strokes all the kittens) or the inverse-scope reading (each kitten is stroked by a different girl). Native Russian speakers are found to allow both surface-scope and inverse-scope readings, and to exhibit a preference for the surface-scope reading with SVO order but not with OVS order. L2 Russian learners are also found to allow both surface-scope and inverse-scope readings, but exhibit no sensitivity to the role of scrambling in changing scope preferences. The findings are discussed in light of different theoretical approaches to quantifier scope and scrambling in Russian.

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Selected Proceedings of the 5th Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA 2012)
edited by Chia-Ying Chu, Caitlin E. Coughlin, Beatriz Lopez Prego, Utako Minai, and Annie Tremblay
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