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From data to theory: the over-representation of linguistic knowledge in second language acquisition

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This article deals with the over-representation of syntactic knowledge in L2 learner data. In early L2 grammars, multimorphemic sequences which go well beyond learners' grammatical competence are very common. Influential theories of the L2 initial state have failed to take proper account of this phenomenon, claiming the apparent presence of, e.g., finite verb forms, wh questions and clitics, as evidence for functional projections from the start of L2 acquisition. However, data from early learners show that these properties are not present outside chunks initially, and that early grammars consist of lexical projections and formulaic sequences, showing no evidence of functional categories.

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Myles, F. (2004) From data to theory: the over-representation of linguistic knowledge in second language acquisition Transactions of the Philological Society, 102, (2), pp. 139-168. (doi:10.1111/j.0079-1636.2004.00133.x).

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Published date: 2004

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Local EPrints ID: 12340
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/12340
PURE UUID: c4d3c838-0c2b-4b49-a60d-a5f768481637

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Date deposited: 12 Jul 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:03

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