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Pouring the Fire with Gasoline: Questioning Conclusions on L2 Argument Structure
Bonnie D. Schwartz, Laurent Dekydtspotter, and Rex A. Sprouse
248-259 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This paper examines the nonnative language (L2) acquisition of the mapping between the argument structure of locative verbs (like load, pour and fill) and morphosyntactic representations. Methodological, empirical and conceptual considerations lead us to challenge the claim by Joo (2000) and Bley-Vroman and Joo (2001) that Korean speakers are unable, due to lack of "access" to Universal Grammar (UG), to assemble English narrow-range locative verb classes. We argue that the available data are decidedly consistent with the hypothesis that L2 acquisition is fully constrained by principles of UG. More generally, we consider what further investigations into the locative alternation in Interlanguage could tell us about the nature of L2 acquisition.

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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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