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Morphological or syntactic deficits in near-native speakers? An assessment of some current proposals.

Franceschina, Florencia (2001) Morphological or syntactic deficits in near-native speakers? An assessment of some current proposals. Second language Research, 17 (3). pp. 213-247.

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Abstract

Lardiere (1998a, 1998b) and Prévost and White (2000b) have proposed that adult second language (L2) learners can in principle acquire native-like syntactic representations of the L2 and that the commonly observed differences between native speakers (NSs) and nonnative speakers (NNSs) are due to the malfunctioning of the morphological module of the grammar or of its interface with the syntactic module. Indeed, they reject the idea that such differences arise as the result of a deficit in the syntax. However, the model of grammar which underlies this proposal is as yet far from clear. To test the strength of the claim it is important to examine closely the assumed interactions between lexicon, syntax and morphology.This article is a modest attempt to begin this process of scrutiny. Once detail is added to the proposal it becomes clear that theoretical and empirical problems arise. Moreover, some new data collected from a near-native speaker of Spanish bring the empirical problems into sharper focus. It will be concluded that existing evidence against a deficit in the syntax is not compelling.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Second language Research
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Linguistics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 3934
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 06 Mar 2008 10:27
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:59
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3934

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