General programme, activity sheet

Saturday 9 September, 2017 10:00 to 10:30

Oral presentation

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

Speaker: Ruyi Dai, University of Cambridge

Authors: Ruyi Dai

This experimental study investigated the L2 off-line knowledge and on-line processing at the syntax-semantics interface of the Chinese passive by examining whether adult English native speakers are sensitive to violations of its adversity constraint. A Self-Paced Reading task and an untimed Acceptability Judgement task were administered to 75 native English speakers with Intermediate to Advanced Chinese proficiency and 33 native Chinese speakers. The Advanced group shows on-line sensitivity to adversity differences but fossilisation in off-line judgements. A Mixed-Effects Model reveals that Chinese proficiency, grammaticality and word frequency significantly predict reading time. There is a significant interaction between word frequency and proficiency, indicating that rises in L2 proficiency significantly reduce reading time, but this is only true with less common words. The increase in convergence on real-time comprehension in Advanced learners suggests that the gradual engagement of the procedural system leads to target-like real-time sensitivity (Ullman, 2001).

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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

09:00 h. to 09:30 h.

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

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

10:30 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