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A rare structure at the syntax-discourse interface: heritage and Spanish-dominant native speakers weigh in

A rare structure at the syntax-discourse interface: heritage and Spanish-dominant native speakers weigh in
A rare structure at the syntax-discourse interface: heritage and Spanish-dominant native speakers weigh in
The present study examines knowledge of the discourse-appropriateness of Clitic Right Dislocation (CLRD) in a population of Heritage (HS) and Spanish-dominant Native Speakers in order to test the predictions of the Interface Hypothesis (IH; Sorace 2011). The IH predicts that speakers in language contact situations will experience difficulties with integrating information involving the interface of syntax and discourse modules. CLRD relates a dislocated constituent to a discourse antecedent, requiring integration of syntax and pragmatics. Results from an acceptability judgment task did not support the predictions of the IH. No statistical differences between the HSs' performance and that of L1-dominant native speakers were evidenced when participants were presented with an offline task. Thus, our study did not find any evidence of “incomplete acquisition” (Montrul 2008) as it pertains to this specific linguistic structure.
1048-9223
411-429
Leal Mendez, Tania
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Rothman, Jason
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Slabakova, Roumyana
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Leal Mendez, Tania
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Rothman, Jason
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Slabakova, Roumyana
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Leal Mendez, Tania, Rothman, Jason and Slabakova, Roumyana (2014) A rare structure at the syntax-discourse interface: heritage and Spanish-dominant native speakers weigh in. Language Acquisition, 21 (4), 411-429. (doi:10.1080/10489223.2014.892946).

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Abstract

The present study examines knowledge of the discourse-appropriateness of Clitic Right Dislocation (CLRD) in a population of Heritage (HS) and Spanish-dominant Native Speakers in order to test the predictions of the Interface Hypothesis (IH; Sorace 2011). The IH predicts that speakers in language contact situations will experience difficulties with integrating information involving the interface of syntax and discourse modules. CLRD relates a dislocated constituent to a discourse antecedent, requiring integration of syntax and pragmatics. Results from an acceptability judgment task did not support the predictions of the IH. No statistical differences between the HSs' performance and that of L1-dominant native speakers were evidenced when participants were presented with an offline task. Thus, our study did not find any evidence of “incomplete acquisition” (Montrul 2008) as it pertains to this specific linguistic structure.

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Accepted/In Press date: 5 February 2014
e-pub ahead of print date: 3 March 2014
Organisations: Modern Languages and Linguistics

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Local EPrints ID: 367095
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/367095
ISSN: 1048-9223
PURE UUID: 518ffe49-c992-48d9-8eae-635e76291c37
ORCID for Roumyana Slabakova: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5839-460X

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Date deposited: 22 Jul 2014 11:38
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 17:22

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