The Interface Hypothesis (Sorace, 2006, 2011, henceforth IH) predicts that properties of cognitive domains (external interface) can be more problematic than those relating to sub-linguistic modules (internal interface) in both child and adult language acquisition. The current study expands the testing ground of the IH by investigating knowledge of adult Korean speaking learners on English articles. This study argues that the generic use of English articles involves an internal interface and the (in)definite use of them involves an external interface. A timed-acceptability judgment task was conducted to test the prediction and it was shown that learners did not show considerably more difficulties in (in)definite use of English articles than generic uses. The current research argues that external interfaces are not entirely problematic, at least in the L2 acquisition of English articles.
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 Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-461-4 library binding
v + 221 pages
publication date: 2013
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA