Trenkic, D. (2008) The representation of English articles in second language grammars: determiners or adjectives? Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 11 ( 1). pp. 1-18. ISSN 1366-7289
An article-choice study involving L1 Mandarin/L2 English bilinguals is reported. It tested two recent accounts on the representation of English articles in L2 grammars (where L1 has no articles). The Fluctuation Hypothesis (Ionin, Ko and Wexler, 2004) predicts that L2 speakers will have full access to UG, but will fluctuate between the settings of the postulated Article Choice Parameter; article choices will be influenced by [±specificity]. The syntactic misanalysis account, on which L2 articles are treated as adjectives (Trenkic, 2007), predicts that article choices will be influenced by the objective identifiability of referents. By discussing the notion of specificity and emphasising problems in its operationalisation, the current study introduces an innovative design to reveal that what was previously observed as the effect of specificity on L2 article choices (full UG access) is better described as an effect of the stated/denied familiarity with the referent (an extra-linguistic factor).
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|Depositing User:||York RAE Import|
|Date Deposited:||23 Jul 2009 14:44|
|Last Modified:||23 Jul 2009 14:44|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|