This study seeks to address the question of whether L2 learners are able to acquire morphological features not found in their L1 by testing the acquisition of Korean case particles by English speakers. This study has two research questions: 1) Are uninterpretable syntactic features residing in both the L1 and L2 fully transferred, and 2) Are differing L2 morphological features acquired? The experiment consisted of English L1s learning Korean as an L2 and the results showed different proficiencies for case particle use in the written and oral data made by L2 learners of Korean. These findings support the Feature Reassembly Hypothesis and Missing Surface Inflection Hypothesis. However, the Representational Deficit Hypothesis, which ascribes the difficulty of acquiring L2 elements to an absence of parallel uninterpretable features in the L1 (Hawkins and Chan 1997, Hawkins and Franceschina 2004), is not supported by this study.
Proceedings of the 12th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2013)
edited by Jennifer Cabrelli Amaro, Tiffany Judy, and Diego Pascual y Cabo
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