Friday 8 September, 2017 18:10 to 18:40
Anaphora resolution in L1 English-L2 Spanish in the CEDEL2 corpus: beyond experimental evidence
Authors: Teresa Quesada, Cristóbal Lozano
Anaphora resolution (AR) has been extensively studied in L2 Spanish in the context of the Position of Antecedent Strategy (PAS). PAS is a structural parsing strategy: a null pronominal subject biases towards an antecedent in a structurally higher position (subject), which marks topic continuity, whereas an overt pronoun biases towards a non-subject antecedent, which marks topic shift. Most of these studies are experimental in nature and have investigated PAS in decontextualized and rather artificial scenarios. We present evidence from naturalistic data from the CEDEL2 corpus (L1 English-L2 Spanish). Results from lower and upper advanced L2 Spanish learners (vs. a native control group) confirm that null pronouns show a bias towards subject antecedents (topic-continuity scenarios), but overt pronouns show a rather optional bias (subject/non-subject antecedent) and that NPs show a stronger bias towards antecedents in non-subject position, a finding which has been overlooked in previous experimental research.
L1 acquisition / L2 acquisition - Session IV
Place:Sala George Bernanos
16:40 h. to 17:10 h.
Oral presentationTwo systems, one strategy: acquiring ordinals in Dutch and English
Speaker: Caitlin Meyer, Universiteit van Amsterdam
17:10 h. to 17:40 h.
Oral presentationOvergeneralizing word order: The acquisition of embedded V2 optionality
Speaker: Tina Ringstad, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige Universitet
17:40 h. to 18:10 h.
Oral presentationTowards an explanation for why German children do not have problems interpreting object pronouns: An eye-tracking study
Speaker: Atty Schouwenaars, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Speaker: Esther Ruigendijk, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg