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L2 Sentence Processing of Spanish OVS Word Order and Direct Object Pronouns: An Analysis of Contextual Constraints
Paul A. Malovrh
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This paper examines the L2 sentence-level processing of Spanish OVS word order and direct object pronouns. Previous research has identified a variety of linguistic and pragmatic factors that promote the employment of a psycholinguistic processing strategy based on word order. However, previous research has not investigated how specific factors work together to predict particular strategies. Therefore, the present study utilizes a counterbalanced research design to isolate specific experimental conditions, and identifies a logistic regression model that predicts processing strategies among L2 learners of Spanish. Furthermore, analyses indicate that structural morphological cues have more predictive power than extra-linguistic pragmatic knowledge on nativelike form-meaning connections among L2 learners.

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Selected Proceedings of the 9th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Nuria Sagarra and Almeida Jacqueline Toribio
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