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Language dominance and transfer selection in L3 acquisition: Evidence from sentential negation and negative quantifiers in L3 English

Language dominance and transfer selection in L3 acquisition: Evidence from sentential negation and negative quantifiers in L3 English
Language dominance and transfer selection in L3 acquisition: Evidence from sentential negation and negative quantifiers in L3 English
This study examines the role Language Dominance plays in determining the source of transfer in the Initial Stages of L3 processing by investigating Negative Quantifiers in L3 English to discriminate between two possible sources of transfer in the L3 grammar of Catalan/Spanish early bilinguals. Using a Self-Paced Reading technique, two groups of early bilinguals differing in their dominant language were tested: Catalan-dominant (n = 13) and Spanish-dominant (n = 9). Our results provide evidence that Language Dominance (LD) does not trump other traditionally-assumed variables in determining the source of transfer. Additionally, the data provide evidence that true beginners of an L3 are sensitive to morphosyntactic violations when their procedural knowledge of the L3 is examined, meaning that applying methodologies that tap procedural knowledge in L3 acquisition is viable and needed (cf. Rothman, Alemán Bañón, & González Alonso, 2015).
0928-1533
229-260
John Benjamins Publishing Company
Puig-Mayenco, Eloi
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Miller, David
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Rothman, Jason
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Cho, Jacee
Iverson, Michael
Judy, Tiffany
Leal, Tania
Shimanskya, Elena
Puig-Mayenco, Eloi
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Miller, David
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Rothman, Jason
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Cho, Jacee
Iverson, Michael
Judy, Tiffany
Leal, Tania
Shimanskya, Elena

Puig-Mayenco, Eloi, Miller, David and Rothman, Jason (2018) Language dominance and transfer selection in L3 acquisition: Evidence from sentential negation and negative quantifiers in L3 English. In, Cho, Jacee, Iverson, Michael, Judy, Tiffany, Leal, Tania and Shimanskya, Elena (eds.) Meaning and Structure in Second Language Acquisition: In honor of Roumyana Slabakova. (Studies in Bilingualism, 55) John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 229-260. (doi:10.1075/sibil.55.09pui).

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This study examines the role Language Dominance plays in determining the source of transfer in the Initial Stages of L3 processing by investigating Negative Quantifiers in L3 English to discriminate between two possible sources of transfer in the L3 grammar of Catalan/Spanish early bilinguals. Using a Self-Paced Reading technique, two groups of early bilinguals differing in their dominant language were tested: Catalan-dominant (n = 13) and Spanish-dominant (n = 9). Our results provide evidence that Language Dominance (LD) does not trump other traditionally-assumed variables in determining the source of transfer. Additionally, the data provide evidence that true beginners of an L3 are sensitive to morphosyntactic violations when their procedural knowledge of the L3 is examined, meaning that applying methodologies that tap procedural knowledge in L3 acquisition is viable and needed (cf. Rothman, Alemán Bañón, & González Alonso, 2015).

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e-pub ahead of print date: 16 November 2018
Published date: 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 437243
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/437243
ISSN: 0928-1533
PURE UUID: bed09d64-0daa-4c73-a047-3e122acdaec9

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Date deposited: 22 Jan 2020 17:33
Last modified: 25 Nov 2021 18:30

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Author: Eloi Puig-Mayenco
Author: David Miller
Author: Jason Rothman
Editor: Jacee Cho
Editor: Michael Iverson
Editor: Tiffany Judy
Editor: Tania Leal
Editor: Elena Shimanskya

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