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The Syntax of Quantification in SLA: An Emergentist Approach
William O'Grady
98-113 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This paper focuses on two related issues—one involving the characterization of 'scope ambiguities' in sentences such as Every boy climbed a tree (one tree vs. multiple trees) and the other involving the manner in which second language learners deal with scope, especially in cases where the L2 permits a more restricted set of scope relationships than the L1. The discussion is couched in an emergentist framework that places the burden for explaining the properties of language and their acquisition on an efficiency-driven linear processor rather than a grammar.

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Proceedings of the 8th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2006): The Banff Conference
edited by Mary Grantham O'Brien, Christine Shea, and John Archibald
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