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Eliminating grammatical function assignment from hierarchical models of speech production: Evidence from the conceptual accessibility of referents

Hawkins, R and Althobaiti, M and Ma, Y (2014) 'Eliminating grammatical function assignment from hierarchical models of speech production: Evidence from the conceptual accessibility of referents.' Applied Psycholinguistics, 35 (4). 677 - 707. ISSN 0142-7164

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Abstract

© 2012 Cambridge University Press. The assignment of grammatical functions has been a key feature of hierarchical (serial) models of speech production since their inception in the 1970s. This article argues that grammatical function assignment is neither sufficient nor necessary in such models. It reports a study of the effects of the conceptual accessibility of referents on the selection of English dative syntactic frames in production and shows that the effects relate to linear precedence rather than grammatical function assignment. A secondary topic addressed in the same study is whether second language speakers of English have difficulty integrating syntactic knowledge where it interfaces with conceptual accessibility in speech production. Findings suggest that advanced proficiency speakers do not and are qualitatively similar to native speakers. The implications of this for the interface hypothesis about second language acquisition are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2013 12:28
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2019 14:16
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/5467

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