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Title: Eliminating grammatical function assignment from hierarchical models of speech production: Evidence from the conceptual accessibility of referents
Author: Roger Hawkins
Author: Mona Althobaiti
Institution: University of Essex
Author: Yi Ma
Institution: University of Essex
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Syntax
Subject Language: English
Abstract: 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.


This article appears IN Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 35, Issue 4, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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