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The on-line application of binding Principle A in English as a second language

Felser, Claudia and Sato, Mikako and Bertenshaw, Nicholas (2009) 'The on-line application of binding Principle A in English as a second language.' Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 12 (04). p. 485. ISSN 1366-7289

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Abstract

We report the results from two experiments investigating proficient Japanese-speaking learners' processing of reflexive object pronouns in English as a second language (L2). Experiment 1 used a timed grammaticality judgement task to assess learners' sensitivity to binding Principle A under processing pressure, and Experiment 2 investigated the time-course of reflexive anaphor resolution during L2 reading using the eye-movement monitoring technique. Taken together, our results show that despite having demonstrated native-like knowledge of reflexive binding in corresponding untimed tasks, the learners processed English reflexives differently from native speakers in that they took into consideration a matching discourse-prominent but binding-theoretically inappropriate antecedent when first encountering a reflexive. This suggests that unlike what has been reported in corresponding monolingual processing research (Sturt, 2003), initial antecedent search in L2 English is not constrained by binding Principle A.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Admin
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2011 15:11
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2011 15:11
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/320

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