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Pragmatic Consequences of P-movement and Focus Fronting in L2 Spanish: Unraveling the Syntax-Discourse Interface
Tania Leal Méndez and Roumyana Slabakova
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At ultimate L2 attainment, Sorace's (2006) Interface Hypothesis predicts that narrow syntactic properties can be fully acquired whereas properties at the external interfaces will inevitably result in non-native optionality. The present study tests the Interface Hypothesis as it pertains to the acquisition of Focus Fronting (FF) and P-movement (type 1 and 2) with their ensuing pragmatic consequences by English natives learning Spanish (n=90 advanced, intermediate and low intermediate plus n=47 native controls). The syntactic analysis used was Lopez (2009). Group results indicate that these properties can be successfully acquired, although not all to the same extent. While Rheme and P-movement type 1 posed no problems for the learners, Focus Fronting was more problematic. The native data on P-movement type 2 indicate the need for further testing, as it did not confirm the linguistic predictions.

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Proceedings of the 11th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2011)
edited by Julia Herschensohn and Darren Tanner
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