S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 39 Number 1/4 (2003)
Why-questions in L2 Acquisition
- Park, Hyeson
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.39 No.2, pp. 415-440
- It has been observed that children learning English as their Ll or 12 apply subject-auxiliary inversion or do insertion (S-Aux inversion) gradually in wh-questions beginning with argumental wh-questions and spreading
to adjunct wh-questions. The application of S-Aux inversion was found to appear last in why-questions. This paper attempts to account for the delayed S-Aux inversion in why-questions. The analysis will show that morphological characteristics of why are responsible for the late S-Aux inversion found in developing grammars of English as an L1 and L2.