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On Functional Features in Second Language Acquisition of Nominal Compounds: Evidence from the Greek-English Interlanguage
Eleni Agathopoulou
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This study investigates the occurrence of regular plural non-head nouns in Greek-English interlanguage root and deverbal N-N compounds, which yields non-target-like forms, e.g. *the towels box, *shoes exporters. Specifically, the study tests a proposal that links the ban on the regular plural affix inside compounds with determiner specificity features. Results show the following: First, the proposal is questionable. Second, optionality in the pluralization of the non-head noun seems to be linked with the effect of the L1 strong number agreement feature between DP members in sentential structure.

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Proceedings of the 6th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2002): L2 Links
edited by Juana M. Liceras, Helmut Zobl, and Helen Goodluck
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