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Examining second language development using event-related potentials: a cross-sectional study on the processing of gender and number agreement

Gabriele, A., Fiorentino, R. and Aleman Banon, J. A. (2013) Examining second language development using event-related potentials: a cross-sectional study on the processing of gender and number agreement. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 3 (2). pp. 213-232. ISSN 1879-9272

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1075/lab.3.2.04gab

Abstract/Summary

This cross-sectional study examines the role of L1-L2 differences and structural distance in the processing of gender and number agreement by English-speaking learners of Spanish at three different levels of proficiency. Preliminary results show that differences between the L1 and L2 impact L2 development, as sensitivity to gender agreement violations, as opposed to number agreement violations, emerges only in learners at advanced levels of proficiency. Results also show that the establishment of agreement dependencies is impacted by the structural distance between the agreeing elements for native speakers and for learners at intermediate and advanced levels of proficiency but not for low proficiency. The overall pattern of results suggests that the linguistic factors examined here impact development but do not constrain ultimate attainment; for advanced learners, results suggest that second language processing is qualitatively similar to native processing.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Clinical Language Sciences
ID Code:35202
Publisher:John Benjamins

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