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The L3 syntax-discourse interface

The L3 syntax-discourse interface
The L3 syntax-discourse interface
This article considers the acquisition of three English syntax-discourse interface constructions: Topicalization, Focus Fronting and Left Dislocation. We use data from Basque-Spanish bilinguals learning English as a third language (L3) as a test case for the Interface Hypothesis (IH, Sorace, 2011). The IH has made specific predictions about second language (L2) acquisition and such predictions can be extrapolated to L3 on the basis of interface delay explanations. Thirty contexts and embedded test sentences with and without pronouns were used; participants had to rate the acceptability of each audio stimulus sentence in the context on a 7-point scale. We tested Basque/Spanish bilinguals dominant in Basque (n= 23), Basque/Spanish bilinguals dominant in Spanish (n= 24), Spanish L2 English learners (n= 39) as well as native English speakers (n=24). Findings provide evidence against current L3 acquisition models and potential arguments for both cumulative enhancement as well as cumulative inhibition as possible processes in L3 acquisition.
1366-7289
208 -226
Slabakova, Roumyana
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Garcia Mayo, Maria del Pilar
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Slabakova, Roumyana
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Garcia Mayo, Maria del Pilar
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Slabakova, Roumyana and Garcia Mayo, Maria del Pilar (2015) The L3 syntax-discourse interface. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 18 (2), 208 -226. (In Press)

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This article considers the acquisition of three English syntax-discourse interface constructions: Topicalization, Focus Fronting and Left Dislocation. We use data from Basque-Spanish bilinguals learning English as a third language (L3) as a test case for the Interface Hypothesis (IH, Sorace, 2011). The IH has made specific predictions about second language (L2) acquisition and such predictions can be extrapolated to L3 on the basis of interface delay explanations. Thirty contexts and embedded test sentences with and without pronouns were used; participants had to rate the acceptability of each audio stimulus sentence in the context on a 7-point scale. We tested Basque/Spanish bilinguals dominant in Basque (n= 23), Basque/Spanish bilinguals dominant in Spanish (n= 24), Spanish L2 English learners (n= 39) as well as native English speakers (n=24). Findings provide evidence against current L3 acquisition models and potential arguments for both cumulative enhancement as well as cumulative inhibition as possible processes in L3 acquisition.

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Accepted/In Press date: April 2015
Organisations: Modern Languages

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Local EPrints ID: 353558
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/353558
ISSN: 1366-7289
PURE UUID: e629bd11-91bb-4ce3-9f5f-1d45320cc01b
ORCID for Roumyana Slabakova: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5839-460X

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Date deposited: 19 Jun 2013 09:03
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:24

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