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Comparing Chinese, Japanese and Spanish Speakers in L2 English Article Acquisition: Evidence against the Fluctuation Hypothesis?
Neal Snape, Y.-k. Ingrid Leung, and Hui-Chuan Ting
132-139 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


The aim of the paper is to present new data in L2 English article choice in order to test the Fluctuation Hypothesis as proposed by Ionin et al (2004) and offer a different account of fluctuation. The data comes from Japanese, Spanish and Chinese intermediate L2 learners. The findings revealed that the Chinese L2 learners outperformed the Japanese L2 learners on a forced choice elicitation task. This was unexpected as both languages are articleless. One explanation offered by the authors is the process of grammaticalizing definiteness in Chinese, but this has yet to happen in Japanese.

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Proceedings of the 8th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2006): The Banff Conference
edited by Mary Grantham O'Brien, Christine Shea, and John Archibald
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