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Exploring the effects of first language influence on second language pragmatic processes from a syntactic deficit perspective

Exploring the effects of first language influence on second language pragmatic processes from a syntactic deficit perspective

Liszka, Sarah A. (2004) Exploring the effects of first language influence on second language pragmatic processes from a syntactic deficit perspective. Second Language Research, 20 (3). pp. 212-231. ISSN 0267-6583 (Print), 1477-0326 (Online) (doi:10.1191/0267658304sr238oa)

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Abstract

Explaining the persistent optional use of overt forms of certain grammatical properties in adult second language acquisition (SLA) raises the question of whether or not such difficulties are directly attributable to first language (L1) influence. Using Sperber and Wilson’s Relevance Theoretic framework (1986/95), this paper considers how a grammatical deficit could contribute to non-native-like pragmatic processing at the level of explicature formation=recovery, on the assumption that the decoding of grammatical knowledge at logical form initiates the pragmatic development required for explicature formation. The study focuses on the contrast between the English present perfect (e.g., I have danced/sung) and the semantically close present (e.g., I dance/sing) and preterit (e.g., I danced/sang). Results from comparative data of second language (L2) English speakers from three typologically different language backgrounds (German, Japanese and Chinese) are used to explain how the L1 might influence the L2 acquisition of the present perfect and to assess pragmatic differences post-logical-form, resulting from such an influence.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Acknowledgements (funding): ESRC for funding this research.
Uncontrolled Keywords: tense, present perfect, first language influence, second language acquisition, pragmatic processes, syntactic deficit
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:30
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/12771

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