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Movement and Binding-Driven Efficiencies in L2 Sentence Processing: On the Role of UG-Constrained Acquisition in L2 Cognition
Laurent Dekydtspotter, Michael McGuire, and Sabrina Mossman
104-117 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


The efficient processing of sentences in native speakers is the result of great automaticity and speed both in lexical retrieval and in structural computations. A body of generative research argues that syntactic computations lessen computational load in discourse-semantics. Whether this is the case in second language (L2) processing is highly disputed. The paper presents experimental evidence that binding computations relying on intermediate traces at Logical Form in L1-Chinese L2-English learners provide efficiency gains that become critical when processing resources are stretched.

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Selected Proceedings of the 2011 Second Language Research Forum: Converging Theory and Practice
edited by Erik Voss, Shu-Ju Diana Tai, and Zhi Li
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