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Linguistics Seminar Series: Eun Hee Kim, Graduate Student in Linguistics: "Interpretation and processing of pronouns in English and L2-acquisition"

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Department of Linguistics
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building (1st floor), 707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana
Apr 24, 2017   4:00 - 5:00 pm  
Eun Hee Kim, Graduate Student in Linguistics
Free and open to the public.
Maria Goldshtein
Originating Calendar
School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics Calendar

Abstract: Well-established findings in first language (L1) acquisition research is that children are able to comprehend that a reflexive must take a local (i.e., clause-mate) antecedent in accordance with Principle A of the Binding Theory (Chomsky, 1981) by the age of three, but they remain less accurate with that a pronoun cannot take a local antecedent allowing a non-adultlike interpretation of the pronoun equivalent to the one with the reflexives (e.g., Chien & Wexler, 1990; Clackson et al., 2011; Grodzinsky & Reinhart, 1993; Thorton & Wexler, 1999). In contrast to the L1 acquisition research, studies exploring pronoun acquisition in second language (L2) are quite scarce, and moreover, those studies have shown contradictory findings. Some studies have revealed that late L2 learners have the same comprehension difficulty reported in L1 literature with the pronoun interpretation in L2 (Finer & Broselow, 1986; Lee & Schachter, 1997), while other studies have found that the pronoun binding is unproblematic in L2 acquisition (Patterson et al., 2014; White, 1998).

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