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Discourse-sensitive clitic-doubled dislocations in heritage Spanish

Discourse-sensitive clitic-doubled dislocations in heritage Spanish
Discourse-sensitive clitic-doubled dislocations in heritage Spanish
This experimental study tests the predictions of the Interface Hypothesis (Sorace, 2011 and Sorace, 2012) using two constructions whose appropriateness depends on monitoring discourse information: Clitic Left Dislocation and Fronted Focus. Clitic Left Dislocation relates a dislocated and clitic-doubled object to an antecedent activated in previous discourse, while Fronted Focus does not relate the fronted constituent to a discourse antecedent. The Interface Hypothesis argues that speakers in language contact situations experience difficulties when they have to integrate syntactic with discourse information. We tested four groups of native speakers on these constructions: Spanish monolinguals, bilinguals with more than 7 years residence in the US, intermediate and advanced proficiency heritage speakers. Our findings suggest that attrition has not set in the adult L2 bilingual speakers, and that the heritage speakers perform similarly to the monolingual and the adult sequential bilingual natives.
interface hypothesis, syntax-discourse, heritage speakers, clitics, spanish
0024-3841
85-97
Leal Méndez, Tania
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Rothman, Jason
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Slabakova, Roumyana
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Leal Méndez, Tania
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Rothman, Jason
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Slabakova, Roumyana
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Leal Méndez, Tania, Rothman, Jason and Slabakova, Roumyana (2015) Discourse-sensitive clitic-doubled dislocations in heritage Spanish. Lingua, 155, 85-97. (doi:10.1016/j.lingua.2014.01.002).

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This experimental study tests the predictions of the Interface Hypothesis (Sorace, 2011 and Sorace, 2012) using two constructions whose appropriateness depends on monitoring discourse information: Clitic Left Dislocation and Fronted Focus. Clitic Left Dislocation relates a dislocated and clitic-doubled object to an antecedent activated in previous discourse, while Fronted Focus does not relate the fronted constituent to a discourse antecedent. The Interface Hypothesis argues that speakers in language contact situations experience difficulties when they have to integrate syntactic with discourse information. We tested four groups of native speakers on these constructions: Spanish monolinguals, bilinguals with more than 7 years residence in the US, intermediate and advanced proficiency heritage speakers. Our findings suggest that attrition has not set in the adult L2 bilingual speakers, and that the heritage speakers perform similarly to the monolingual and the adult sequential bilingual natives.

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Published date: 21 February 2015
Keywords: interface hypothesis, syntax-discourse, heritage speakers, clitics, spanish
Organisations: Modern Languages

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Local EPrints ID: 367101
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/367101
ISSN: 0024-3841
PURE UUID: ed8c22eb-0322-4613-ae9f-5ef7b321af09
ORCID for Roumyana Slabakova: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5839-460X

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Date deposited: 22 Jul 2014 11:37
Last modified: 19 Nov 2019 01:36

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