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Testing the predictions of the Scalpel Model in L3/Ln acquisition: the acquisition of null and overt subjects in L3 Chinese

Testing the predictions of the Scalpel Model in L3/Ln acquisition: the acquisition of null and overt subjects in L3 Chinese
Testing the predictions of the Scalpel Model in L3/Ln acquisition: the acquisition of null and overt subjects in L3 Chinese
The Scalpel Model (SM) (Slabakova, 2016) argues that neither the L1 nor the L2 has a privileged status in L3 acquisition so transfer can occur from either the L1 or the L2 and on a property-by-property basis. We test these predictions by examining the acquisition of Chinese null and overt subjects by twenty-five L3 Chinese learners divided into two groups: L1 English-L2 Spanish-L3 Chinese learners and L1 English-L2 non-null subject language-L3 Chinese learners. Results from a Written Production Task and a Pronoun Interpretation Task show transfer from both background languages but for different properties supporting that transfer can, indeed, be partial in L3 acquisition. We argue that existing structural similarities between the background and the target languages are important as well.
L3 acquisition, transfer, Chinese, bull subjects, overt subjects, Spanish
181-202
John Benjamins
Clements, Maria
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Dominguez, Laura
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Cho, JC
Iverson, Mike
Judy, Tiffany
Leal, Tania
Shimanskaya, Elena
Clements, Maria
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Dominguez, Laura
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Cho, JC
Iverson, Mike
Judy, Tiffany
Leal, Tania
Shimanskaya, Elena

Clements, Maria and Dominguez, Laura (2018) Testing the predictions of the Scalpel Model in L3/Ln acquisition: the acquisition of null and overt subjects in L3 Chinese. In, Cho, JC, Iverson, Mike, Judy, Tiffany, Leal, Tania and Shimanskaya, Elena (eds.) Meaning and Structure in Second Language Acquisition: in Honor of Roumyana Slabakova. Amsterdam. John Benjamins, pp. 181-202. ,

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Abstract

The Scalpel Model (SM) (Slabakova, 2016) argues that neither the L1 nor the L2 has a privileged status in L3 acquisition so transfer can occur from either the L1 or the L2 and on a property-by-property basis. We test these predictions by examining the acquisition of Chinese null and overt subjects by twenty-five L3 Chinese learners divided into two groups: L1 English-L2 Spanish-L3 Chinese learners and L1 English-L2 non-null subject language-L3 Chinese learners. Results from a Written Production Task and a Pronoun Interpretation Task show transfer from both background languages but for different properties supporting that transfer can, indeed, be partial in L3 acquisition. We argue that existing structural similarities between the background and the target languages are important as well.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2018
Published date: September 2018
Keywords: L3 acquisition, transfer, Chinese, bull subjects, overt subjects, Spanish

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URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/417844
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Date deposited: 15 Feb 2018 17:30
Last modified: 05 Oct 2018 11:56

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