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L2 Learners' Sensitivity to Strong and Weak Subjacency-Violations in Online Processing
Usha Lakshmanan, Kyoungsook Lucy Kim, Robert McCreary, Kyae-Sung Park, Uma Suen, and Soojin Lee
136-143 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


Online and offline methods were used to investigate whether Korean and Chinese adult L2 speakers of English exhibit native-like sensitivity to grammatical WH-movement and ungrammatical WH-movement (i.e., strong and weak subjacency-violations) in English WH-questions. The overall findings, based upon the off-line and the on-line tasks, bolster the position that adult L2 acquisition is UG-constrained, and at the same time also suggest that L2 learners and native-speakers may use different processing routes to reach the same end.

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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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