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Title: Tense and verb raising in advanced L2 French
Author: Julia Rogers Herschensohn
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Institution: University of Washington
Author: Deborah L. Arteaga
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Institution: University of Nevada Las Vegas
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Morphology; Syntax
Abstract: Two UG approaches to L2A propose different views of parameter resetting, depending on the capacity of interlanguage grammars to gain new values for uninterpretable functional features. Representational Deficit/Interpretability (e.g. Hawkins, 2003) maintains that parameter settings are limited to L1 values, whereas Full Access (e.g. Prévost & White, 2000) claims L2 parameter values may be gained; both assume initial transfer of L1 morphosyntactic settings. We examine verb morphosyntax of three advanced anglophone learners of L2 French, beginning with a description of the theoretical issues. We next report the study: the subjects, data collection and results. The final section discusses the data in terms of the two approaches, concluding that the results generally support FA over RD/I.


This article appears IN Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 19, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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