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Advanced grammars and pragmatic processes: exploring the interface

Advanced grammars and pragmatic processes: exploring the interface

Liszka, Sarah Ann (2006) Advanced grammars and pragmatic processes: exploring the interface. In: Eurosla Yearbook. John Benjamins, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 79-99. ISSN 1568-1491 (Print), 1569-9749 (Online) (doi:

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This study starts by testing the assumption that with access to the full range of properties of the language faculty, L2 learners are ultimately successful in assigning target-like meanings to overt forms. A further assumption that can be (implicitly) drawn from this assumption is that L2 pragmatic processes are native-like at Logical Form (in Relevance-theoretic terms, Sperber and Wilson, 1986/95). The study focuses on the L2 acquisition of the distributional and interpretational properties of the English present simple (e.g. I cycle to work) and the English present progressive (e.g. I’m cycling to work). Data from advanced L1 French speakers, under varying task conditions, are presented to evaluate these assumptions. In light of any evidence indicating persistent form-meaning mismatches, the results are used to (i) discuss a permanent syntactic deficit as the possible source of difficulty in acquiring target-like form-meaning relationships and (ii) consider the potential implications for pragmatic processes resulting from this deficit.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Eurosla Yearbook
Uncontrolled Keywords: failed functional features hypothesis, generative grammar, relevance theory, L2 acquisition, tense, aspect
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2021 21:22

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