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Transfer of Argument Structure and Morphology
Melinda Whong-Barr
269-282 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This paper contests Montrul's (2000) idea of modular transfer, arguing for a strong Full Transfer position instead. A reanalysis of results from her second language (L2) acquisition study of the causative/inchoative alternation with L2 English, Spanish and Turkish speakers leads to the following conclusions: (1) the overgeneralization found in the results represent a stage of development after Full Transfer; (2) if one takes a derivational view of syntax the results no longer support a view of modular transfer in which there is transfer of morphology but not argument structure.

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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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