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"Good-Enough" Use of Structural Information in French: Prosodic and Verb-Bias Cues
Jui Namjoshi, Stéphanie Gaillard, and Annie Tremblay
187-198 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


The present study examines the use of prosodic and verb-bias cues to sentence interpretation by native French speakers and mid-to-high proficiency second/foreign language (L2) learners of French. Participants listened to late-closure-type sentences with facilitating, ambiguous, or conflicting prosodic cues. The bias of the embedded verb to take a direct object varied on a continuous scale. Results show that native speakers' and L2 learners' final interpretation is influenced by prosody but not by verb-bias information, and the initial incorrect syntactic analysis lingers more for L2 learners than for native speakers. The implications of these findings for L2 processing research are discussed.

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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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