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Saturday 9 September, 2017


The investigation of the feature inheritance hypothesis in second language acquisition

Speaker: Mutsumi Ogawa, Nihon University
Speaker: Koji Suda, University fo Shizuoka
Speaker: Tomohiko Shirahata, Shizuoka. University

Authors: Koji SUDA, Hideki YOKOTA, Takako KONDO, Mutsumi OGAWA, Chika YOSHIDA, & Tomohiko SHIRAHATA

It is often observed that English children incorrectly produce don’t even when the third person form doesn’t is required. This study applies the feature inheritance mechanism proposed by Chomsky (2007, 2008) in second language acquisition and investigates the acquisition of φ-features such as agreement and tense features by Japanese learners of English (JLEs). We collected and transcribed oral production data to analyze the use of interrogative and negative forms: the interrogative present form DOES, the interrogative past form DID, the negative present form DOESN’T, and the negative past form DIDN’T. We propose that feature inheritance does not play an important role in JLEs’ grammar, JLEs do not inherit or acquire all φ-features in C in English, and the agreement feature is easier to be inherited or acquired than the tense feature.

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Speaker: Liang Chun Cho, National Cheng Kung University


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Speaker: Francesca Panzeri, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca


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Speaker: Rodrigo Delgado Pacheco, University of Illinois at Chicago


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Speaker: Laura Mihaela Miros, Universitate din București