To test current approaches to divergence at the Interfaces of syntax in adult L2 acquisition, this study explores the syntax-discourse interface in L1 English, Dutch, and Russian endstate speakers of German. Results from off-line and on-line tasks on discourse-driven word order variation, so-called scrambling, show differences according to L1 and according to task. Convergence is attested for the L1 English and Russian groups; however, convergence for these groups also varies according to task demands. It is argued that difficulties at the syntax-discourse interface are due to computational limitations and not representational impairment in discourse-to-syntax mappings at L2 ultimate attainment.
Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA)
edited by Alyona Belikova, Luisa Meroni, and Mari Umeda Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-419-5 library binding
vii + 490 pages
publication date: 2007
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA