General programme, activity sheet

Friday 8 September, 2017

Oral presentation

Online syntactic processing in native and non-native speakers of English: exploring quantitative and qualitative differences

Speaker: Carrie Ankerstein, Universität des Saarlandes

Authors: Carrie Ankerstein

Quantitative and qualitative differences in sentence processing were explored in native (L1) and non-native (L2) speakers of English using an online auditory word monitoring task. Sentences were well-formed or ungrammatical and some sentences contained primes for target words, e.g., auxiliary verbs before verb targets. Response time and coefficient of variance data were used to explore quantitative and qualitative processing differences, respectively. Hyper-priming effects were found for L2 speakers for the determiner-noun and auxiliary-verb priming conditions. These results indicate that L2 speakers use different processing mechanisms in online sentence comprehension, i.e., they may rely on expectancy generation in sentence processing more so than L1 speakers. This over-reliance on expectancy generation can also explain the greater disruption in response speed for ungrammatical sentences in L2s. Comments are also made on the usefulness of coefficient of variance data in language processing research as a behavioral measurement of automaticity of language processing.

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08:30 - 11:30 / Workshop 2 - “Grammatical processing in second language speakers: agreement, polarity, anaphora and other grammatical illusions”

Other activities in 08:30 - 11:30 / Workshop 2 - “Grammatical processing in second language speakers: agreement, polarity, anaphora and other grammatical illusions”

Oral presentation

The processing of Negative Polarity Items in Turkish-German bilingual speakers

Speaker: Seckin Arslan, Universität Potsdam

Oral presentation

A cue-based approach to long-distance anaphor binding in L2 Chinese

Speaker: Cecile De Cat, University of Leeds

Plenary Lecture

Illusions of grammaticality in non-native language processing

Speaker: Claudia Felser, University of Potsdam


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