General programme, activity sheet

Thursday 7 September, 2017 18:10 to 18:40

Oral presentation

QUD affects how Japanese L2 learners interpret ambiguous English sentences

Speaker: Ayaka Sugawara, Mie University

Authors: Ayaka Sugawara

Early research on quantifier scope relations in Japanese has noted that Japanese exhibits a property of scope rigidity (Kuroda 1965, Kuno 1973, Hoji 1985; Cf. Kuno et al. 1999, Kuno & Takami 2002). Although it has often been discussed whether Japanese allows inverse scope reading or not, the literature has little quantitative survey to the best of the authors’ knowledge. The current study (i) first presents a quantitative survey on how Japanese sentences with different word orders are interpreted by native speakers, (ii) investigates how ambiguous English sentences are interpreted by Japanese speakers, and (iii) shows that their interpretation is much affected by Question under Discussion (QUD; Roberts 1996/2012, Büring 2003). To be specific, more “Not>All” responses were elicited with the “Did all”-questions, compared to the “Did any”-questions or “What happened?”-questions, with which our participants elicited many more “All>Not” responses, showing L1 transfer.

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L2 acquisition - Session III

Other activities in L2 acquisition - Session III

17:10 h. to 17:40 h.

Oral presentation

Syntax matters in the acquisition of copulas verbs

Speaker: Maria J. Arche, University of Greenwich
Speaker: Patricia Vázquez López, University of Greenwich

17:40 h. to 18:10 h.

Oral presentation

The Age of Onset of exposure factor: On a difference between Greek- Italian 2L1 and L2 near- natives compared to controls in the production of null and overt subject pronouns in Italian.

Speaker: Ioli Baroncini, Università per Stranieri di Perugia
Speaker: Elisa Di Domenico, Università per Stranieri di Perugia