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L1 Transfer in Processing English Subjacency Sentences from Chinese Focused Cleft WHs
Fuyun Wu
262-271 (complete paper or proceedings contents)

Abstract

Previous research investigating Chinese L2-English learners' performance using grammatical judgment tests of English sentences suggests that Chinese speakers tend to reject grammatical control sentences yet accept ungrammatical ones with Subjacency violations (Schachter 1998, 1990, Johnson and Newport 1991, White and Juffs 1998). This study aims to shed light on this pattern by examining the Chinese Focused Cleft WH (FCW) construction with and without resumptive pronouns (RPs). The results of the two experiments suggest that the amnestying effect of RPs for Island violations in the L1-Chinese FCW construction can be transferred to L2-English learning, and that Chinese L2-English learners use the RP strategy to facilitate their comprehension of English WH questions with Subjacency violations.

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Proceedings of the 9th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2007)
edited by Roumyana Slabakova, Jason Rothman, Paula Kempchinsky, and Elena Gavruseva
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