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Morphology and syntax disassociation in SLA: a study on clitic acquisition in Spanish

Morphology and syntax disassociation in SLA: a study on clitic acquisition in Spanish
Morphology and syntax disassociation in SLA: a study on clitic acquisition in Spanish
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.
978 90 272 5561 7
178
291-319
John Benjamins
Arche, Maria J.
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Dominguez, Laura
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Galani, Alexandra
Hicks, Glyn
Tsoulas, George
Arche, Maria J.
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Dominguez, Laura
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Galani, Alexandra
Hicks, Glyn
Tsoulas, George

Arche, Maria J. and Dominguez, Laura (2011) Morphology and syntax disassociation 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, , (doi:10.1075/la.178), 178) Amsterdam, NL. John Benjamins, pp. 291-319. (doi:10.1075/la.178).

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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.

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Published date: May 2011

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Local EPrints ID: 143917
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/143917
ISBN: 978 90 272 5561 7
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Date deposited: 13 Apr 2010 14:39
Last modified: 06 Dec 2017 17:31

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