The present study investigates PP attachment preferences in two groups of non-immersed German learners of English at different proficiency levels and an English native-speaker control group. In contrast to other syntactic ambiguities, the PP attachment ambiguity has hardly ever been studied with L2 learners. Furthermore, previous studies have focused on comprehension rather than on production. The results of the present production study indicate that the learners show highly native-like attachment preferences for this ambiguity. However, there are some differences between the groups with regard to the manipulations of length and verb subcategorization. The results are discussed with regard to their implications for the theory of L2 sentence processing.
Selected Proceedings of the 2008 Second Language Research Forum: Exploring SLA Perspectives, Positions, and Practices
edited by Matthew T. Prior, Yukiko Watanabe, and Sang-Ki Lee
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