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Clitic-doubled left dislocation and focus fronting in L2 Spanish: a case of successful acquisition at the syntax–discourse interface

Clitic-doubled left dislocation and focus fronting in L2 Spanish: a case of successful acquisition at the syntax–discourse interface
Clitic-doubled left dislocation and focus fronting in L2 Spanish: a case of successful acquisition at the syntax–discourse interface
This experimental study tests the Interface Hypothesis by looking into processes at the syntax–discourse interface, teasing apart acquisition of syntactic, semantic and discourse knowledge. Adopting López’s (2009) pragmatic features [±a(naphor)] and [±c(ontrast)], which in combination account for the constructions of dislocation and fronting, we tested clitic left dislocation and fronted focus in the comprehension of English native speakers learning Spanish. Furthermore, we tested knowledge of an additional semantic property: the relationship between the discourse anaphor and the antecedent in clitic left dislocation (CLLD). This relationship is free: it can be subset, superset, part/whole. Syntactic knowledge of clitics was a condition for inclusion in the main test. Our findings indicate that all learners are sensitive to the semantic constraints. While the near-native speakers display native-like discourse knowledge, the advanced speakers demonstrated some discourse knowledge, and intermediate learners did not display any discourse knowledge. The findings support as well as challenge the Interface Hypothesis.
clitic left dislocation, focus fronting, topicalization, left dislocation, information structures, spanish, clitics, syntax–discourse interface, syntax–semantics interface
0267-6583
319-343
Slabakova, Roumyana
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Kempchinsky, Paula
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Rothman, Jason
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Slabakova, Roumyana
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Kempchinsky, Paula
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Rothman, Jason
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Slabakova, Roumyana, Kempchinsky, Paula and Rothman, Jason (2012) Clitic-doubled left dislocation and focus fronting in L2 Spanish: a case of successful acquisition at the syntax–discourse interface. Second Language Research, 28 (3), 319-343. (doi:10.1177/0267658312447612).

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This experimental study tests the Interface Hypothesis by looking into processes at the syntax–discourse interface, teasing apart acquisition of syntactic, semantic and discourse knowledge. Adopting López’s (2009) pragmatic features [±a(naphor)] and [±c(ontrast)], which in combination account for the constructions of dislocation and fronting, we tested clitic left dislocation and fronted focus in the comprehension of English native speakers learning Spanish. Furthermore, we tested knowledge of an additional semantic property: the relationship between the discourse anaphor and the antecedent in clitic left dislocation (CLLD). This relationship is free: it can be subset, superset, part/whole. Syntactic knowledge of clitics was a condition for inclusion in the main test. Our findings indicate that all learners are sensitive to the semantic constraints. While the near-native speakers display native-like discourse knowledge, the advanced speakers demonstrated some discourse knowledge, and intermediate learners did not display any discourse knowledge. The findings support as well as challenge the Interface Hypothesis.

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Published date: July 2012
Keywords: clitic left dislocation, focus fronting, topicalization, left dislocation, information structures, spanish, clitics, syntax–discourse interface, syntax–semantics interface
Organisations: Modern Languages

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Local EPrints ID: 353333
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/353333
ISSN: 0267-6583
PURE UUID: 4e9c81ae-b369-4025-acc4-ae185fdd2758
ORCID for Roumyana Slabakova: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5839-460X

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Date deposited: 05 Jun 2013 10:55
Last modified: 03 Dec 2019 01:36

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Author: Paula Kempchinsky
Author: Jason Rothman

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