General programme, activity sheet

Saturday 9 September, 2017 16:00 to 16:30

Oral presentation

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

Speaker: Boping Yuan, University of Cambridge

Authors: Boping Yuan

We will report a study investigating English speakers’ L2 processing of Chinese base-generated-topic (BGT) sentences and provide evidence about how “gapless” structures are processed in L2 as well as L1 sentence processing. Results of a self-paced reading task indicate that L2 learners pattern with native Chinese speakers in processing all critical regions and post-critical regions of the test sentences. In both L1 and L2 processing, the first NP, which was originally analyzed as the subject of the sentence, has to vacate the subject position and be processed as the topic. The subject position thus vacated is then filled with the second NP. Another finding is that both L1 and L2 parsers postulate a gap in working memory. When the object is processed, the parser is forced to revise its earlier analysis and re-analyze the topic in working memory as a BGT rather than a topic derived from inside the sentence.

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L2 acquisition - Session VI

Other activities in L2 acquisition - Session VI

15:00 h. to 15:30 h.

Oral presentation

Phenomenon-Specific Sentence Processing in Native Speakers and Language Learners

Speaker: Marina Sokolova, University of Southampton

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