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Morphology and syntax dissociation in SLA: A study on clitic acquisition in Spanish

Morphology and syntax dissociation in SLA: A study on clitic acquisition in Spanish

Arche, Maria J. and Domínguez, Laura (2011) Morphology and syntax dissociation in SLA: A study on clitic acquisition in Spanish. In: Galani, Alexandra, Hicks, Glyn and Tsoulas, George, (eds.) Morphology and its Interfaces. Linguistik Aktuell / Linguistics Today (178). John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 291-320. ISBN 9789027255617

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Abstract

This paper investigates the L2 acquisition of Spanish object clitics by L1 English learners. Spanish clitics are analyzed as bundles of agreement and referential features morphologically marked for number and gender. We examine the relationship between morphology and syntax in L2 learners’ grammars in order to assess two current acquisition hypotheses: the Impaired Representation Hypothesis (IRH) and the Missing Surface Inflection Hypothesis (MSIH). Data from a production and a comprehension task suggest that learners have an unimpaired narrow syntax, despite apparent inflectional variability. We propose that absent or inaccurate morphology can be explained by a deficit in the mapping to PF. This supports a dissociation between syntactic representation and surface inflection.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: [1] Chapter is in Part 3. Interfaces in psycholinguistics and language acquisition. [2] ISBN 9789027255617 (hardback), ISBN 9789027287014 (ebook).[3] Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today. Series ISSN 0166-0829. [4] Chapter appears in: Galani, Alexandra, Glyn Hicks and George Tsoulas (eds.), Morphology and its Interfaces . 2011. ix, 353 pp. (pp. 291–320).
Uncontrolled Keywords: second language acquisition, SLA, Spanish, aspect morphology, syntax, clitic acquisition
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Languages & International Studies
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/6423

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