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Plural Processing in Native Speakers and Learners of English: Challenging the notion of strictly grammatical plural processing
Message 1: Plural Processing in Native Speakers and Learners of English: Challenging the notion of strictly grammatical plural processing
From: Marie-Louise Poschen <ml.poschengmail.com>
Subject: Plural Processing in Native Speakers and Learners of English: Challenging the notion of strictly grammatical plural processing
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Institution: Universität Paderborn
Program: English Language and Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2009
Author: Marie-Louise Poschen
Dissertation Title: Plural Processing in Native Speakers and Learners of
English: Challenging the notion of strictly grammatical
Dissertation URL: http://ubdok.uni-paderborn.de/servlets/DocumentServlet?id=12410
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English (eng)
The primary aim of this study is to explore whether the nature of processing
English plural inflections is lexical or grammatical. Secondly, I want to
ascertain whether second language learners change their processing paths in the
course of language acquisition. I hypothesize that plural processing is not a
strictly grammatical processing event and that there are various factors
influencing the processing.
In order to test my assumption I developed two reaction time experiments to test
the underlying factors that I believe influence plural processing. In the first
experiment, a lexical decision task, native speakers and learners of English
decide whether 400 test items are real or nonsense words. All real words
relevant to the study are matched for frequency and singular or plural
dominance. Reaction times for the decision process are recorded. In the second
experiment, a grammatical judgment task, the subjects decide whether a given
noun phrase is grammatically correct. The real purpose of the experiment is to
see how long it takes the subjects to match a dual concept with either a plural
determiner or a dual determiner.
My experiments show that plural processing is not strictly grammatical. Instead,
a number of factors such as frequency, plural dominance, and conceptual
association play a role in plural processing, rendering it either more lexical
or more grammatical. My findings also show that there is no strict division
between language learners and native speakers in terms of plural processing.
Instead, the two native-speaker groups differ substantially in their processing
behavior. In addition, the learner groups do not show any gradual progression
towards native speaker processing during their schooling.
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