This study examines the prediction that the more exposure to relevant input learners have, the better they will process direct object relative clauses. To test this, 40 Korean learners of English participated in four sessions (i.e., a pre-test, two input enhancement sessions, and a post-test) on separate days. Results showed that learners' reading times at the critical region of object relative clauses significantly decreased from the pre-test to the post-test, confirming the relevance of frequency effects to the difficulty of object relative clauses in L2 processing. The findings suggest both that L2 learners are sensitive to their previous linguistic experience in comprehending sentences, and that remedial input can help them overcome frequency-related processing difficulty.
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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