Spanish, Turkish, Japanese and Chinese L2 Learners' Acquisition of Generic Reference
Neal Snape, María del Pilar García Mayo, and Ayşe Gürel
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This paper presents new data in L2 English article choice relating to generic reference. The cross-linguistic data comes from Spanish, Turkish, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese intermediate and advanced L2 learners of English. The authors predicted that there would be differences in article choice, on a forced choice elicitation task, between each L1 group due to L1 transfer effects and level of proficiency in the L2. The findings revealed that the Spanish L2 learners had the least difficulty in selecting the appropriate article, whereas the Japanese learners had the most difficulty in choosing the correct article. The Turkish and Chinese L2 learners' article choices were more accurate than the Japanese groups' despite the lack of articles in all three L1s. The authors suggest that morpholexical equivalents in Turkish and Chinese may play a role in bootstrapping the acquisition of L2 generic reference.
Proceedings of the 10th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2009)
edited by Melissa Bowles, Tania Ionin, Silvina Montrul, and Annie Tremblay
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