General programme, activity sheet

Saturday 9 September, 2017 15:00 to 15:30

Oral presentation

Phenomenon-Specific Sentence Processing in Native Speakers and Language Learners

Speaker: Marina Sokolova, University of Southampton

Authors: Marina Sokolova

In a self-paced reading experiment on relative clause (RC) attachment resolution, native speakers (NS) and L2-learners of English and Russian show significantly different processing patterns: NSs English prefer low attachment (71%), NSs of Russian – high attachment (69%) and L2-learners are in the middle (44-46%). All the groups of subjects choose high attachment when there is a perception verb in the matrix clause (p=.001). The verb activates the event-oriented interpretation of an RC that is reduced to the Small Clause in Russian and English. L2-learners of Russian and English as well as NSs are sensitive to the inner syntactic structure of a sentence and follow linguistic prompts in RC attachment resolution. The overall sensitivity to the effect of the matrix verb in an RC does not change the overall attachment resolution preference in NSs but it speaks for phenomenon-specific rather than L1- or L2-like pattern of sentence processing in L2-learners.

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L2 acquisition - Session VI

Other activities in L2 acquisition - Session VI

16:00 h. to 16:30 h.

Oral presentation

Native-like strategies in English speakers’ L2 processing of Chinese base-generated-topic sentences

Speaker: Boping Yuan, University of Cambridge

16:30 h. to 17:00 h.

Oral presentation

Acquiring the Telicity Constraint in L2 Chinese Passives without Positive Evidence

Speaker: Ruyi Dai, University of Cambridge
Speaker: Boping Yuan, University of Cambridge

15:30 h. to 16:00 h.

Oral presentation

Language distance and phenomena complexity: influencing factors for the reassembly process? Evidence from Spanish as L2 among learners of different L1 backgrounds

Speaker: Jessica Diebowski, Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Speaker: Tim Diaubalick, Bergische Universität Wuppertal / Universitat de les Illes Balears