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Rojczyk, Arkadiusz – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
Word segmentation in L2 is not as optimal as in L1 because many, though not all, cues to signal word boundaries appear to be largely language-specific. Native English listeners use short-lag versus long-lag VOTs in segmenting pairs such as "Lou spills" versus "loose pills." Polish contrasts negative versus short-lag VOTs, so…
Descriptors: Cues, Polish, Language Acquisition, Accuracy
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Song, Jae Yung; Eckman, Fred – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
The purpose of this article is to report results of an investigation into the production of a covert contrast by native speakers of Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish in the acquisition of the English distinction between the high front vowels /i/ and /?/. A covert contrast is a statistically reliable acoustic distinction made by a language learner…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Vowels, Korean, Portuguese
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Comajoan, Llorenç – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
This study investigates grammar learning strategies and the acquisition of L2 tense-aspect morphology through the retrospective think-aloud processes of a group of L3 learners of Catalan. A total of 18 students of Catalan in a university setting in Catalonia were asked to select one of three tense-aspect forms (preterite, imperfect, and perfect)…
Descriptors: Romance Languages, Grammar, Morphemes, Second Language Learning
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Fukuda, Shin – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2017
This study investigates the knowledge of unaccusativity in Japanese native, heritage, and second/foreign language speakers with respect to licensing of floating numeral quantifiers (FNQs) by unaccusative and unergative subjects (the "FNQ diagnostic"). Two acceptability judgment experiments were conducted to examine (i) whether and how…
Descriptors: Japanese, Second Language Learning, Form Classes (Languages), Language Research
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Syrett, Kristen; Musolino, Julien – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
The way in which an event is packaged linguistically can be informative about the number of participants in the event and the nature of their participation. At times, however, a sentence is ambiguous, and pragmatic information weighs in to favor one interpretation over another. Whereas adults may readily know how to pick up on such cues to…
Descriptors: Semantics, Pragmatics, Child Language, Ambiguity (Semantics)
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Kim, Eunah; Baek, Soondo; Tremblay, Annie – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2015
This study investigates whether adult second language learners' online processing of "wh"-dependencies is constrained by island constraints on movement. Proficiency-matched Spanish and Korean learners of English completed a grammaticality judgment task and a stop-making-sense task designed to examine their knowledge of the relative…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Processing, Sentences, Language Proficiency
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Foote, Rebecca – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2014
Speakers of gender-agreement languages use gender-marked elements of the noun phrase in spoken-word recognition: A congruent marking on a determiner or adjective facilitates the recognition of a subsequent noun, while an incongruent marking inhibits its recognition. However, while monolinguals and early language learners evidence this…
Descriptors: Language Research, Spanish, Nouns, Phrase Structure
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Huang, Aijun; Crain, Stephen – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2014
In addition to serving as question markers with interrogative force, "wh"-words such as "shenme" "what" in Mandarin Chinese have a noninterrogative meaning. For the noninterrogative meaning, these words have been typically analyzed as negative polarity items, i.e., as "wh"-pronouns that are similar in…
Descriptors: Child Language, Language Acquisition, Mandarin Chinese, Language Research
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Hopp, Holger – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2014
This article investigates whether and how L2 sentence processing is affected by memory constraints that force serial parsing. Monitoring eye movements, we test effects of working memory on L2 relative-clause attachment preferences in a sample of 75 late-adult German learners of English and 25 native English controls. Mixed linear regression…
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Language Research, Second Language Learning, Language Processing