This study examines the validity of the claim by Felser, Roberts, Marinis and Gross (2003) that second language (L2) processing differs from first language processing in that the L2 parser can use lexical information, but not syntactic information, to the same extent as a native speaker's parser. A sentence complexity rating task was conducted to investigate L2 learners' processing of relative clauses in which native speakers show a clear interaction of syntactic and lexical information. Significant interaction of structural and lexical information was found in native speakers and advanced Japanese-speaking L2 learners alike, which indicate that Felser et al.'s claim does not hold in L2 sentence processing.
Proceedings of the 7th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2004)
edited by Laurent Dekydtspotter, Rex A. Sprouse, and Audrey Liljestrand
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