Finite relative clauses in Irish can be formed by binding (aL) and therefore contain a resumptive pronoun or by movement (aN) and therefore contain a gap (McClosky 2000 and therein). Initial results with 11 subjects show that subjects distinguished between clauses containing aL-gap vs. those containing aN-pro, and favor the former. Interestingly, a significant proportion of *aN-gap items were accepted. With respect to sentences containing complex relatives, grammatical constructions were favored, yet ungrammatical ones were deemed correct half of the time. The preference for gap relatives parallels production test results with Irish native speakers and L1 child learners, but may also arise from transfer from English and poor command of the mutation patterns.
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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