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Acquiring Korean wh-in-situ Constructions by Native English Speakers

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Authors
Choi, Myong-Hee
Issue Date
2009
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.45 No.2, pp. 349-392
Keywords
interpretation of wh-lexical itemswh-in-situ constructionsKoreanlanguage acquisitionfeature-reassembly approachadult second language acquisitiongemerative approaches to SLA
Abstract
This study investigated the L2 grammars of native English speakers acquiring two possible interpretations of Korean wh-in-situ expressions, question vs. indefinite readings, to explore whether adult learners can reconfigure grammatical features from the way they are lexicalized in their L1. The results of translation and judgment tasks indicated that both intermediate and advanced L2 learners showed statistically better performance on the question reading than on the indefinite reading in morphological licensing environments. A theoretical approach that models the acquisition problem in terms of the reassembly of features in lexical items is invoked to best account for the data.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/86450
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 45 Number 1/2 (2009)
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