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Defective adjectival inflection in non-native German Prosodic transfer or missing surface inflection?

Jaensch, Carol (2008) 'Defective adjectival inflection in non-native German Prosodic transfer or missing surface inflection?' EUROSLA Yearbook, 8 (1). pp. 259-286. ISSN 15681491

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Abstract

Two recent hypotheses which support the theory of full access to Universal Grammar have been proposed in order to account for variant data supplied by L2 learners. The Prosodic Transfer Hypothesis (Goad, White & Steele 2003) suggests that non-target-like behaviour by L2 learners is partially due to the differences in prosody between the L1 and L2 and the ensuing prosodic constraints; whilst the Missing Surface Inflection Hypothesis (Prévost & White 2000) proposes that problems are due to the learners' variability in mapping abstract syntactic features onto morphological forms. This paper discusses a study of Japanese native speakers acquiring L3 German adjectival inflection in light of these two hypotheses. Data are provided from a written gap-filling task and from two oral production tasks. The results indicate stronger support for the MSIH.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PD Germanic languages
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2011 09:18
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2011 09:18
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/426

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