General programme, activity sheet

Saturday 9 September, 2017 09:00 to 09:30

Oral presentation

L2 acquisition of definiteness in English: non-target mapping of anaphoricity onto 'the'

Speaker: Elina Tuniyan, University of Southampton
Speaker: Roumyana Slabakova, University of Southampton

Authors: Elina Tuniyan (University of Southampton), Roumyana Slabakova (University of Southampton, University of Iowa)

Previous research has suggested that speakers of article-less languages incorrectly map the semantics of L1 demonstratives onto the definite article the in L2 English (Ionin et al., 2012; Cho 2016). However, what exactly is mapped still remains unclear. Based on the analysis of the semantics of definiteness and cross-linguistic evidence, we argue that demonstratives and the definite article share the notion of anaphoric familiarity (Schwarz, 2009, 2013; Jenks, 2015). However, they differ in how anaphoric familiarity is established: with demonstratives, anaphoricity applies to the immediately salient antecedent; with the, it applies to the most salient antecedent. Following the Feature Reassembly Hypothesis (Lardiere 2009), we predict that L1 Chinese and L1 Russian speakers in our study map anaphoricity from L1 demonstratives onto the in English. This leads to misuse of the in contexts in which only demonstratives are felicitous and in indefinite contexts that involve anaphoricity. The findings confirm our predictions.

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L2 acquisition / L3/Ln and bi/multilingual language - Session V

Other activities in L2 acquisition / L3/Ln and bi/multilingual language - Session V

09:30 h. to 10:00 h.

Oral presentation

Acquisition of L2 French object pronouns by advanced Anglophone learners

Speaker: Julia Herschensohn, Univeristy of Washington
Speaker: Randall Gess, Carleton University

11:00 h. to 11:30 h.

Oral presentation

Finding 'Who': Position of Antecedent Hypothesis in Non-native Spanish

Speaker: Dahee Ahn, Seoul National University

10:00 h. to 10:30 h.

Oral presentation

The L2 Acquisition and Processing of ‘Bleached’ Adversity in Chinese Passives

Speaker: Ruyi Dai, University of Cambridge

10:30 h. to 11:00 h.

Oral presentation

Effects of phrase-final lengthening on English speakers’ manifestation of lexical accent in Japanese

Speaker: Kakeru Yazawa (Matsumura), Waseda University