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L2 Performance: Interlanguage Representations, Computations, and Intuitions
Laurent Dekydtspotter and Rex A. Sprouse
45-54 (complete paper or proceedings contents)

Abstract

This paper seeks to reconcile one of the paradoxes currently facing generative L2 acquisition research: How is it possible for adult L2 acquirers to exhibit knowledge of target-language morphosyntactic and syntactico-semantic asymmetries presumably acquirable only on the basis of UG, while at the same time performing at levels far below those of native speakers on experimental tasks? Re-examining several classic studies, we show that the observed discrepancies between native and nonnative performance readily receive an account based in nonnative language processing interacting with independently motivated principles of UG and communicative cooperation. This renders Grammatical Impairment Hypotheses unnecessary.

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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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