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Structural and Discourse Factors in Romanian L2 English Learners' Interpretation of Pronouns
Constanta Rodica Diaconescu and Helen Goodluck
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We report two written questionnaire studies of the comprehension of pronouns by Romanian-speaking L2 learners of English. In the first study, intermediate and advanced learners show knowledge of a subtle Principle C effect, permitting coreference between a main clause object pronoun and the subject of a following adjunct clause, while blocking coreference between a subject pronoun and the subject of an adjunct clause. In the second study, L2 learners construe the pronoun subject of an adjunct clause as coreferential with a wh-phrase extracted from the main clause more frequently when the wh-phrase is d(iscourse)-linked than when it is not. The performance of the L2 learners is similar quantitatively as well as qualitatively to that found in studies of native speakers.

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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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