The present study investigates L2 knowledge of the generic use of bare plural NPs (BPs) in English by Korean speaking learners of English. This paper puts to a test certain distributional properties of generic BPs that represent a poverty of stimulus problem (POS) for Korean speaking learners of English, in particular, when the generic reading of BPs are not allowed in object position after kind selecting predicates. The results of the translation and timed acceptability judgment tasks show that Korean speaking learners are able to acquire the subtle syntactic and semantic restrictions on the generic use of BPs despite the lack of direct evidence for the target property. This was only possible for those learners who had been exposed to prolonged naturalistic L2 input, which proves to play a facilitative role in overcoming POS.
Proceedings of the 13th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2015)
edited by David Stringer, Jordan Garrett, Becky Halloran, and Sabrina Mossman Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-470-6 library binding
vi + 232 pages
publication date: 2016
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA